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A Companion to Second-century Christian "Heretics by Antti Marjanen, Petri Luomanen

By Antti Marjanen, Petri Luomanen

The booklet illuminates “the different part” of early Christianity by way of studying thinkers and events that have been embraced through many second-century spiritual seekers as valid varieties of Christianity, yet that are now mostly forgotten, or are identified merely from the features attributed to them within the writings in their major adversaries. the gathering offers with the next academics and routine: Basilides, Sethianism, Valentinus’ college, 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 lifestyles and demanding guides of the “heretics,” besides an outline in their theologies and pursuits. consequently, this quantity can function a guide of the second-century “heretics” and their “heresies.” due to the fact that the entire chapters were written via experts who strive against day-by-day with their examine 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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Frederik Wisse, “The Nag Hammadi Library and the Heresiologists,” VC 25 (1971): 201–23, esp. 209; cf. Riley’s discussion in his introduction to the Second Treatise of the Great Seth in Pearson, Nag Hammadi Codex VII, 137–38. 4–24). Michel Tardieu (“Basilide le Gnostique,” 89) has suggested that Codex VII as a whole is a Basilidian collection. 92 The passage preserved by Clement dealing with the fear of the Archon (Strom. 1, discussed above) probably also relates to the scene of Jesus’ baptism by John.

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4 Devoteeauthored writings such as those from Nag Hammadi so far provide no evidence for this self-designation. Nevertheless, what the material from Nag Hammadi does confirm is that basic elements in some of the heresiological accounts of “Sethians” were not merely invented by more orthodox Christian polemicists. 5 As we will see, the interconnections among these sources are also complex, and scholars have 2 Jean Doresse, The Secret Books of the Egyptian Gnostics: An Introduction to the Gnostic Coptic Manuscripts Discovered at Chenoboskion (trans.

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