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Irenaeus of Lyons (The Early Church Fathers) Paperback – December 18, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0415118385 ISBN-10: 0415118387

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  • Series: The Early Church Fathers
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415118387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415118385
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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... a satisfying introduction to Against Heresies ... [T]eachers of Gnosticism, of early Christianity, and of the Fathers may find this study useful for classroom use.
–Mary Ann Donovan, SC, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley/Graduate Theological Union

Grant's insightful remarks and discerning English rendition of the Greek text make a splendid contribution to the corpus of early Christian texts in translation.
–C. Thomas McCollough, Centre College Religous Studies Review

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Robert M. Grant has taught for nearly 50 years at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. His most recent book is Heresy and Criticism (1993). --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Christopher P. Atwood on September 23, 2003
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Irenaeus of Lyons (in modern France) was the first great expositor of Christian theology, writing around 175 A.D. Born in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and taught by the disciples of the apostles, he wrote as a churchman using scripture, his own thoughts, and a few other early writings (Justin Martyr, Papias, Ignatius of Antioch) to explain and defend the deposit of faith he had received. Irenaeus defined his theology in conflict with the Gnostics who frequently shared churches with the Christians but advocated an often wildly divergent theology from that shared by the orthodox Christians. His big book was "Against the Heresies," a five-volume description and refutation of the Gnostic beliefs. He describes the Valentinian Gnostics in detail; the Marcionites and other schools get less attention. Thus Irenaeus can be read both to find out what Gnosticism was like, and also to find out about Christian theology in the second century A.D.
No modern unabridged translation of "Against the Heresies" exists. Dominic Unger translated only the first of the book's five volumes, that which consists of a simple description of Gnostic beliefs without detailed refutation. It is unclear if any subsequent volume will appear. In the meantime, Robert Grant in this book "Irenaeus of Lyons" presents an abridged translation of the whole book including virtually all of the the main passages that touch on important theological issues. Even if the complete translation appears, I think general readers will want to stick with Grant's translation. I have the Unger volume and can testify that Irenaeus unabridged is hard to plough through, partly because the beliefs he is refuting seem so colossally strange and partly because Irenaeus tends to repeat the main points several times.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lee on October 14, 2004
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I found Dr. Grant's work to be well-written and lucid. If there are those who are willing to criticize his work for not revealing every little detail about the life of St. Irenaeus, it's because we actually don't know much about him above what he wrote and the later comments of other writers - most of them incidental to other conversations. Grant has collected the essential information about the Bishop of Lyons and has, in my opinion, covered the most interesting parts of "Against Heresies" in his translation.

Recommended for those who are students of early Christian history and heresies. Irenaeus writes cleanly and it's not too difficult to discover the trajectory of the gnostic threat from his arguments. In fact, Irenaeus, as noted by Pelikan, is the father of the traditional Catholic/Orthodox/Anglican three-fold authority (Scripture, Tradition and apostolic authority).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Thomas on January 9, 2007
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The introduction to Irenaeus's methodology is brief, but very useful. The text of Against Heresies, however, is only an incomplete reproduction of an earlier translation. If you are looking for the whole text of Against Heresies, this book does not contain it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Philliber on February 25, 2006
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Overall, a great little book. The introductory sections by Grant are really helpful. My only real complaint is that it does not have every chapter or paragraph. Nowhere was this mentioned; neither in the preface, nor introductory chapters. So buyers need to know that this is an abridged addition. I was really disappointed when I realized, for example, that Book III chapter 2 was missing. I think this is a significant chapter in the book. There are lots of other chapters, & whole paragraphs missing. I assume the editor left out what he felt was redundant. So to find out what you missed, you'll have to hit the Early Christian Writings web site & take a glance to see if there are chapters & paragraphs missing that you might want to read.
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