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On the Apostolic Preaching Paperback – November 1, 1997
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In his book, Irenaeus presents the faith chronologically, from the creation of the world to the death of Christ. He masterfully interprets the Old Testament to show that Christ is the focus and the culmination of the Old Testament. When he does this, he is also attempting to refute a common Gnostic belief that the old bloodthirsty God of the Old Testament was a completely different creature from new gentle God of the New Testament.
He continues and finds support in the Old Testament for nearly every aspect of Christ and for the actions of the Apostles. This book also contains one of the earliest explanations of the Trinity which is interesting to see how it compares to modern understanding on the subject.
This book is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a second century theologian and an interesting read.
This is a wonderful primer for anyone wanting a sweeping overview of scripture and the Church that confirms it in her sacred tradition. What better way to discover the teachings of the Apostles than from a teacher with a theological pedigree including perhaps the most profound of the Apostolic teachers - John to Polycarp and Polycarp to Ireneus.
This is also a solid historical snapshot of the ante-Nicene church and a summary of what they really taught. In this earliest of works we find the deity of Jesus and a rudimentary understanding of the trinity that cannot be glossed over as some late developments in church teaching.
For the profound insights alone this is a beneficial work for Christians of all persuasions. For the historical significance it is essential to those interested in early church history. An insightful, inspiring, necessary work to have.
The introductory material is about half the book and includes a history of the various source texts and translations. That material is also well written and helpful in placing Ireneus's work in proper context.
St. Iranaeus was the most influential and influential Christian writer of the Second Century (about 101 to 200 A.D.)
In his youth, Iranaeus had known Polycarp who had known the Apostles personally. The Apostles themselves had appointed Polycarp, who was later martyred in Rome about the late 150's, as Bishop in Smyrna.
Iranaeus had journeyed to Gaul (France) and the Lyon area, which was subjected to one of the most violent persecutions of early Christianity by Rome.
Iranaeus contended with this, and also with the growing threat to Christianity of the Heretical movements.
However, the writings of Iranaeus tell little of Iranaeus himself. Two works are known to exist.
(1) "AGAINST THE HERESIES" is a refutation of the heresies of the day, which much like the New Age works of our modern era, serve to pre-empt and subvert Christian doctrines. The commonality between ancient Gnosticism and New Age writings may come as a shock. Actually, they are one and the same.
For example, the reader will find that neither Gnosticism nor New Age writing possess a full doctrine of their own. Both operate in a "parasitic" manner. They adopt themselves to any and all relgious traditions, then invert, re-define or re-invent the theology of the tradition. Christianity is only one of the relgions which ancient Gnosticism subjected to this process. What one finds in both movements is the absence of a core doctrine, and rational corrollary doctrines derived from a single premise. Both are diffuse, scattered, and solipsistic (self-serving).
(2) "THE DEMONSTRATION OF THE APOSTOLIC PREACHING" is the work reviewed here. It is more commonly referred to as "On The Apostolic Preaching".
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St. Irenaeus's text is a treasure for a Christian of any denomination or tradition. The core of this teaching is an Old Testament-based argument for what we'd call New Testament... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christopher W. Teague
Excellent edition of this relatively recently discovered work. Lots of commentary and additional information to help read and understand the book which is described as a synopsis... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert M
I bought this book to supplement my study of the history of Christianity. I appreciated the introduction that preceded the actual text written by Irenaeus. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John B.
“[Jesus] gloriously accomplished our salvation and fulfilled the promise made to the patriarchs…recapitulating these [types] in Himself, in order to obtain life for us, “the Word... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Spencer Camp
Every evangelical preacher should read this treasure chest of early Scripture interpretation. This particular translation of the work is excellent and recent. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeff Gossmann
A wonderful work translated as best as it can be given the patchwork nature of the manuscripts. I appreciate, and this is my preference, that the Scriptural references are located... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Matthew L. Heinrich