Apologetics in the Roman Empire: Pagans, Jews, and Christians

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Mark J. Edwards, Martin Goodman, Simon Price, Chris Rowland
Clarendon Press, 17 jun. 1999 - 326 páginas
This book is the first to tackle the origins and purpose of literary religious apologetic in the first centuries of the Christian era by discussing, on their own terms, texts composed by pagan and Jewish authors as well as Christians. Previous studies of apologetic have focused primarily on the Christian apologists of the second century. These, and other Christian authors, are represented also in this volume but, in addition, experts in the religious history of the pagan world, in Judaism, and in late antique philosophy examine very different literary traditions to see to what extent techniques and motifs were shared across the religious divide. Each contributor has investigated the probable audience, the literary milieu, and the specific social, political, and cultural circumstances which elicited each apologetic text. In many cases these questions lead on to the further issue of the relation between the readers addressed by the author and the actual readers, and the extent to which a defined literary genre of apologetic developed. These studies, ranging in time from the New Testament to the early fourth century, and including novel contributions by specialists in ancient history, Jewish history, ancient philosophy, the New Testament, and patristics, will put the study of ancient religious apologetic on to a new footing.
 

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Índice

The Acts of the Apostles as an Apologetic Text
15
Josephus Treatise Against Apion
45
Christian Apologetic as Anti
59
Greek Apologists of the Second Century
81
Minucius Felix
105
Origens Treatise Against Celsus
131
Philostratus In Honour
157
Lactantius
197
Eusebius Apologetic Writings
223
The Constantinian Circle and the Oration to the Saints
251
Bibliography
277
Index
299
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Página 5 - Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Página 6 - Men of Athens, I have seen for myself how extremely scrupulous you are in all religious matters, 'because I noticed, as I strolled round admiring your 23 sacred monuments, that you had an altar inscribed: To An Unknown God. ° Well, the God whom I proclaim is in fact the one whom you already worship without knowing it.

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