Early Christian doctrines by J. N. D. Kelly

By J. N. D. Kelly

This revised version of the traditional historical past of the 1st nice interval in Christian inspiration has been completely up-to-date within the mild of the newest ancient findings. Dr. Kelly organizes an ocean of fabric through outlining the improvement of every doctrine in its old context. He lucidly summarizes the genesis of Chrisitian notion from the shut of the apostolic age to the Council of Chalcedon within the 5th century--a time teeming with clean and competing rules. The doctrines of the Trinity, the authority of the Bible and culture, the character of Christ, salvation, unique sin and style, and the sacraments are all broadly handled in those pages.

This revised variation of Early Christian Doctrines includes:

  • Sweepingly up-to-date early chapters
  • Revised and up-to-date bibliographies
  • A thoroughly new bankruptcy on Mary and the saints

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S De somn. I, 232-9; de mut. nom. 87; de cherub. 3; le vit. Mos. I, 66. g. lrenaeus, haer. 2, I4; Tertullian, de praescr. 7; 30. 7 Hippolytus, ref praef. 8. g. Irenaeus, haer. I, 23, 2; I, 27, 4; 2, praef. I. , I, 250. 10 Ref s, 6, 3; s, 7, 3-9 ; s. g. in 1 John and the Pastoral Epistles, against sinister influences which appear to be Gnostic. lOre precisely, tendency_whic]l_w:� wider and, probably, older than Christi�_ty. The product of syncretism, it drew upon Jewish, pagan and Oriental sources of inspiration, and brought a distinctive attitude and certain characteristic ideas to the solution of the problem of evil and human destiny.

What the apostles saw and proclaimed as eye-witnesses, the prophets testified to beforehand in minutest detail; there was no item in the message of the former which, if one but searched the Scriptures, the prophets could not be shown to have foreseen. Secondly, the apostolic testimony had not yet come to be known as • tradi­ tion'. 8oats) was of rare occurrence in this period. Justin useds it only once, and then to indicate the tradition of Jewish teachers. The cognate verb (7rapa8t86vat) was much more frequent, but possessed no specialized meaning.

5 1 Enoch 1S. g. Apoc. Mos. 33-S· 1 • z 19 THE BACKGROUND the Christian period it proved a highly sympathetic channel for introducing Hellenistic culture to the early Church. Greek ideas had always attracted the Jews of that great cosmopolitan city, set at the frontiers between East and West, and it was here that the most thoroughgoing attempt was made to inter­ pret Jewish theology in terms of Hellenistic philosophy. Per­ haps the most notable exponent of these tendencies was Philo (c. -c. D. D.

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