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55. St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies Book 1(Ancient Christian Writers) (v. 1) Hardcover – January 1, 1991


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809104547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809104543
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin, Greek

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By W. Michael Dodd on June 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
With an excellent array of notes explaining his decisions in translating the thirty-one chapters of Book One of Irenaes's Against the Heresies, Unger has produced an admirable and accessible scholarly edition. Any translation is simultaneously an interpretation, and Unger has elucidated his choices in a minute and clear manner. Moreover, his introduction is quite helpful in setting the scene regarding Irenaeus's audience, style, and purpose.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amanda U. on January 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
St. Irenaeus wrote five volumes of Against the Heresies. This is only book one. If you're looking for anything in subsequent volumes (I was looking for material in book 3, for example), you won't get it in this volume. St. Ireneaus is cogent, clear, and brilliant, of course. Just be forewarned that this isn't the entire work.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas M. Vester on February 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice translation of Book One, and you can get all 5 books in the ANF reprint by Eerdman's at [...] at 9USD including St Justin Martyr and the Apostolic Fathers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Villa Adoquino on October 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is an extremely dry theological book. It reads more like an Audobon Field Guide, except the subject is Gnostic Heretics instead of Birds. This is due to the dryness of the Gnostic Teachings that St. Irenaeus was trying to refute. Nevertheless, St. Irenaeus admirably accomplishes the task of identifying and refuting the major heretical groups of his era. Additionally, because "Against the Heresies" identifies the need to separate Good Scripture from Bad Scripture, which resulted in the final Cannon of the New Testament as seleced by the Council of Carthage of 397 AD.

The book starts out with a review of Gnostic Cosmology. We have one Deity falling in love with a female Deity (who comes out of nowhere) to have a Godling Child to whom they give a ridiculous name. The Godling grows up and the cycle repeats. Senseing humor, St. Irenaeus asks why such important beings such as gods would want to go to all this trouble to give their kids ridiculous names. He goes on to imply that such a weak foundation to Gnosticism propogates to the various Gnostic Cults covered in the rest of the book, the "Field Guide" portion.

Is it easy reading? No Way!!! In fact, it to me several false starts before I got the willpower to read it to completion. Is it an important book? There could be no New Testament without it, so YES, this Book is Vital. To be quite honest, only one in ten thousand people would ever be interested in reading this book; On the other hand, it is a Godsend to that one Person.
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