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

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Overview

This book is a comprehensive survey of the dialogue between pagans, Jews, and Christians in the Roman empire up to the time when Constantine declared himself a Christian. Each chapter is written by a distinguished scholar and is devoted to a single text or group of texts with the aim of identifying the probable audience, the literary milieu, and the circumstances that led to this form of writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198269861
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christ Church, Oxford

Wolfson College, Oxford

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Queen's College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

Note on Contributors
1 Introduction: Apologetics in the Roman World 1
2 The Acts of the Apostles as an Apologetic Text 15
3 Josephus' Treatise Against Apion 45
4 Talking at Trypho: Christian Apologetic as Anti-Judaism in Justin's Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 59
5 Greek Apologists of the Second Century 81
6 Latin Christian Apologetics: Minucius Felix, Tertullian, and Cyprian 105
7 Origen's Treatise Against Celsus 131
8 Defending Hellenism: Philostratus, In Honour of Apollonius 157
9 The Flowering of Latin Apologetic: Lactantius and Arnobius 197
10 Eusebius' Apologetic Writings 223
11 The Constantinian Circle and the Oration to the Saints 251
Bibliography 277
Index 299
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