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Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity

John Behr


This book provides a full, contextual study of St Irenaeus of Lyons, the first great theologian of the Christian tradition. It sets Irenaeus both within his own context of the second century — a fundamental period for the formation of Christian identity, during which he elaborated the distinction between orthodoxy and heresy and expounded a comprehensive theological vision — and also within our own contemporary context, in which these issues are very much alive again. Against the usual modern assumption that ‘orthodoxy’ is a rhetorical construction, aimed at curtailing the diversity of primiti ... More

Keywords: orthodoxy, heresy, Scripture, human being, Christ, Adam, exegesis, martyr, canon, rule of truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214624
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Behr, author
Dean and Professor of Patristics, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York