Christianity in the Second Century: The Case of Tatian

Christianity in the Second Century: The Case of Tatian

by Emily J. Hunt, J. Hunt Emily


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Christianity in the Second Century: The Case of Tatian by Emily J. Hunt, J. Hunt Emily

Tatian is a significant figure in the early Church, his work both representing and revealing his second-century context. This study offers a detailed exploration of his thought. It is also a valuable introduction to the entire period, particularly the key developments it witnessed in Christianity.
Emily Hunt examines a wide range of topics in depth: Tatian's relationship with Justin Martyr and his Oration to the Greeks; the Apologetic attempt to defend and define Christianity against the Graeco-Roman world and Christian use of hellenistic philosophy. Tatian was accused of heresy after his death, and this work sees him at the heart of the orthodox/heterodox debate. His links with the East, and his Gospel harmony the Diatessaron, lead to an exploration of Syriac Christianity and asceticism.
In the process, scholarly assumptions about heresiology and the Apologists' relationship with hellenistic philosophy are questioned, and the development of a Christian philosophical tradition is traced from Philo, through Justin Martyr, to Tatian - and then within several key Syriac writers.
This is the first dedicated study of Tatian for more than forty years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415304061
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/18/2003
Series: Routledge Early Church Monographs Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Christianity in the Second Century
1.1 Christianity and Judaism
1.2 Christianity and the Hellenistic World
1.3 Orthodoxy and Heresy
1.4 Tatian and His Oration to the Greeks

Chapter 2: Tatian and Gnosticism
2.1 The Work of Grant
2.2 Tatian, the Valentinians, and Their Use of Paul
2.3 Non-Gnostic Elements in Tatian's Thought
2.4 Conclusion: Tatian, not Gnostic

Chapter 3: Tatian and Justin Martyr
3.1 Use of Christian Writings
3.2 A Comparison Between Justin and the Oration
3.3 Conclusion: The Extent of Justin's Influence Upon Tatian

Chapter 4: Tatian and Hellenistic Philosophy
4.1 Hellenistic Philosophy in the Second Century
4.2 Tatian's Relationship With Hellenistic Philosophy
4.2.1 Tatian's Apparent Hostility Towards Hellenistic Philosophy
4.2.2 Tatian's Understanding of Christianity as a 'Philosophy'
4.2.3 Tatian's Use of Hellenistic Philosophy
4.2.4 Conclusion: Tatian's Relationship with Hellenistic Philosophy

Chapter 5: Tatian and the Development of a Christian Philosophy
5.1 Philo: Precursor of Christian Philosophy
5.2 Justin: The Beginnings of Christian Philosophy
5.2.1 The Debate About Justin's Relationship With Philo
5.2.2 The Philosophical Tradition in Philo and Justin
5.3 Tatian's Philosophy
5.4 Conclusion: Tatian and the Development of a Christian Philosophy

Chapter 6: Tatian and Syriac Christianity
6.1 Tatian's Ties With Syriac Christianity
6.2 Tatian and Encratism
6.3 Tatian and the Syriac Texts
6.3.1 The Acts of Thomas
6.3.2 The Odes of Solomon
6.3.3 Bardaisan
6.3.4 Ephrem
6.3.5 Aphrahat
6.4 Conclusion: Tatian's Legacyto Syriac Christianity

Conclusion: Tatian and Second Century Christianity
Appendix: Tatian and Clement's Accusation in Stromateis III.82.2

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