A Companion to Second-Century Christian 'Heretics'

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Antti Marjanen, Petri Luomanen
BRILL, 2008 - 385 pagina's
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The book illuminates "the other side" of early Christianity by examining thinkers and movements that were embraced by many second-century religious seekers as legitimate forms of Christianity, but which are now largely forgotten, or are known only from the characteristics attributed to them in the writings of their main adversaries. The collection deals with the following teachers and movements: Basilides, Sethianism, Valentinus' school, Marcion, Tatian, Bardaisan, Montanists, Cerinthus, Ebionites, Nazarenes, Jewish-Christianity of the "Pseudo-Clementines," and Elchasites. Where appropriate, the authors have included an overview of the life and significant publications of the "heretics," along with a description of their theologies and movements. Therefore, this volume can serve as a handbook of the second-century "heretics" and their "heresies." Since all the chapters have been written by specialists who wrestle daily with their research themes, the contributions also offer new perspectives and insights stimulating further discussion on this fascinating-but often neglected-side of early Christianity.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Basilides the Gnostic Birger A Pearson
1
Sethianism Michael A Williams
32
The School of Valentinus Ismo Dunderberg
64
Marcion Heikki Räisänen
100
Tatian the Assyrian William L Petersen
125
Bardaisan of Edessa Nicola Denzey
159
Egalitarian Ecstatic New Prophecy Antti Marjanen
185
Cerinthus Matti Myllykoski
213
Ebionites Sakari Häkkinen
247
Nazarenes Petri Luomanen
279
Jewish Christianity of the PseudoClementines F Stanley Jones
315
Elchasaites and Their Book Gerard P Luttikhuizen
335
Notes on Contributors
365
Index of Modern Authors
369
General Index
374
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Over de auteur (2008)

Antti Marjanen, Th.D. (University of Helsinki 1996), Docent of New Testament Studies, is presently working as a Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland. He is the author of The Woman Jesus Loved (Brill, 1996) and a translator and co-editor of a collection of Finnish translations of the Coptic Nag Hammadi Library (2001). His current research projects deal with influential women in Early Christianity and social-historical issues among second- and third-century Christians, traditionally called gnostics.
Petri Luomanen, Th.D. (University of Helsinki 1996), Docent of New Testament Studies, is presently working as a Research Fellow of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. He is the author of Entering the Kingdom of Heaven: A Study on the Structure of Matthew's View of Salvation (Mohr Siebeck, 1998). His current research focuses on the textual sources of early Jewish Christianity, Jewish-Christian gospels and the socio-cognitive basis of hatred towards early Jewish Christians.

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