A Companion to Second-Century Christian 'Heretics' by Antti Marjanen, Petri Luomanen

By Antti Marjanen, Petri Luomanen

The booklet illuminates “the different aspect” of early Christianity via studying thinkers and pursuits that have been embraced through many second-century non secular seekers as valid kinds of Christianity, yet that are now principally forgotten, or are identified simply from the features attributed to them within the writings in their major adversaries. the gathering offers with the next lecturers and events: Basilides, Sethianism, Valentinus’ institution, Marcion, Tatian, Bardaisan, Montanists, Cerinthus, Ebionites, Nazarenes, Jewish-Christianity of the Pseudo-Clementines, and Elchasites. the place acceptable, the authors have incorporated an summary of the existence and critical guides of the “heretics,” in addition to an outline in their theologies and hobbies. for this reason, this quantity can function a guide of the second-century “heretics” and their “heresies.” considering that all of the chapters were written by means of experts who strive against day-by-day with their learn subject matters, the contributions additionally supply new views and insights stimulating extra dialogue in this fascinating—but usually neglected—side of early Christianity.

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Strom. g. Treat. Res. 5. Ethical Theory and Doctrine of Providence Irenaeus concludes his account of Basilides’ own doctrine in the following way:96 Moreover, he says, the prophets came into being through the craftsmen of the world, while the law came specifically through their Archon, who led the people out of the land of Egypt. He enjoined (his followers) not to worry about meat sacrificed to idols, to consider that it 93 Löhr’s frg. 4, Foerster’s frg. 15, quoted above. Cf. notes 67, 69. See Malcolm Peel’s note to his translation of the Treatise on the Resurrection in Nag Hammadi Codex I (The Jung Codex): Notes (ed.

Strom. 1–3; frg. 15, Strom. 2–5. Some, or perhaps even all, of the other fragments attributed to Basilidians (Löhr’s frgs. 1–4, 9, 16) may also reflect his teachings. 108 So, rightly, Löhr, Basilides, 332. basilides the gnostic 29 Finally, it can be said of Basilides that he was not only a learned teacher, but he was also a pastor of souls. Indeed, it is very likely that worship services were part of his school activity. One of the most interesting of the Basilidian fragments deals with the Christian calendar, as it relates to liturgical worship.

Williams, Michael. Rethinking “Gnosticism”: An Argument for Dismantling a Dubious Category. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996. Wisse, Frederik. ” Vigiliae christianae 25 (1971): 201–23. Zazoff, Peter. Die antiken Gemmen, Handbuch der Archäologie. München: C. H. Beck, 1983. SETHIANISM Michael A. Williams For modern readers the more familiar sons of the biblical Adam and Eve are likely to be Cain and Abel. After all, there you have a classic story of sibling tension, of jealousy and its tragic fruits, of innocence and guilt, of good and evil—or, if not evil in a pure and unmitigated sense, then at least pathetic moral weakness.

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