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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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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin, Greek
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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)
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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 16 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
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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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Irenaeus' work in refuting the Gnostics of his day provides an acute understanding of the problems facing the early orthodox church. Had Irenaues not dedicated himself I have to wonder what free-reign the Gnostics would have had as oral tradition declined and interpetation developed as a reliable understanding of truth. Irenaeus focused his attention on the Valentinian Gnostics and especially criticized the Gnostic Marcus. The notes in the book are remarkably helpful in determining what Gnostic heresies may have been preached against by the New Testament writers. Whats disappointing about the books is that the publisher only provides book one of Irenaues five book volume. The reader is forced to search on-line for the refutation volumes (the most important part) to understand Irenaeus principle view. The book is copyrighted in 1992 and part of an extended volume of ancient christian writers, therefore I'm not optimistic that further volumes will follow. I would still encourage any theological minded individual to make this book part of their library. As for the harden Catholic that previously used this book review as a proselytising forum, The translater (Dominic Unger) just lightly touches on the subject in the preface. As for Irenaeus, his argument is ment in the ecumenical sense of the Church of Christ that share the same tenets of faith. To classify Evangelicals in the same manner as the Gnostics is a dishonest exaggeration and she should have spent more time reading the book rather then writing a misleading agenda.
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