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"The Orthodox Gospel": The Reception Of John In The Great Church Prior To Irenaeus

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This chapter highlights the use of the Fourth Gospel among Irenaeus' predecessors in the mainstream of orthodox Christianity, summarizing, reworking, and updating portions of a 2004 book, The Johannine Corpus in the Early Church. The author catalogued twenty-two pre-Irenaean Christian sources which may be regarded as within the orbit of "orthodox Christianity" and which, either certainly or very probably knew the Fourth Gospel and used it in a positive way. These are: Epistle of Vienne and Lyons; Hegesippus; Athenagoras; the Christian interpolator of the Sibylline Oracles; Theophilus of Antioch; Claudius Apollinarius of Hierapolis; Melito of Sardis; the Christians opposed by Celsus; Tatian; the Gospel of Peter; Justin Martyr; the Martyrdom of Polycarp; the Ad Diognetum; Epistula Apostolorum; The Shepherd of Hermas; the Long Ending of Mark; the Odes of Solomon; Aristides; Papias of Hierapolis; Polycarp; Ignatius; Papias's Asian elders; and the elder John.

Keywords: Church; Fourth Gospel; Irenaeus; John; orthodox Christianity



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