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Conclusions and Suggestions for Further Research

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In the prologue to his Dialogue, Justin indicates that he was converted to Christianity by encountering a proclamation of the Christian kerygma in which the argument from prophecy played a dominant role. This way of presenting the Christian Gospel deeply influenced Justin - he adopts it himself. Justin has amplified and supplemented the traditional texts and arguments. In Dial 11-47 he is on mainly traditional ground in chs. 11-29. But in Dial 30-39 Justin has combined some of the traditional testimonies on Christ's reign with exegetical material from another source - partly relating to the same testimonies. The section on the theophanies is probably one of Justin's most original exegetical contributions. Justin's exegetical material is a sensitive indicator of the considerable influence exerted by Judaeo-Christians on the mainstream theology of the second century. The study has underlined the importance of the missionary setting for the development of Christian theology.

Keywords: Christian; Christian theology; Dial 11-47; Justin; kerygma



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