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A Selective Analysis of Justin's Quotation Material

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Justin's handling of his "testimony sources" can be substantiated in most of the cases where we can observe Justin working with a known source. Justin shares a considerable amount of quotations with his Christian precursors, the text-type of his quotations often do not stem directly from these sources, but from some intermediary or common source. This is especially striking with regard to Clement and Barnabas, but it also seems to be the case with John and Acts. It seems to be true about all these writers that Justin made little if any use of them as direct sources for OT texts, but the amount of shared references is remarkably high, especially with regard to Barnabas. The writer to whom Justin can be seen to have the most direct relation is Paul. He focuses on Paul's texts concerning Jews and Gentiles.

Keywords: Barnabas; Christian; Clement; Gentiles; Jews; Justin; Paul



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