By Wayne C. Kannaday
It's often said that the "original" manuscripts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John didn't live on the exigencies of background. What smooth readers consult with because the canonical Gospels are in truth compositions reconstructed from copies transmitted by means of frequently nameless scribes. Apologetic Discourse and the Scribal culture examines a tremendous side of the attention-grabbing yet seldom-reported tale of the pursuits that formed the formation of the textual content of the hot testomony. With an educated understanding of the dynamic discourse among pagan critics and early defenders of early Christianity, and cautious scrutiny of multiple hundred variation readings positioned within the literary culture of the hot testomony textual content, the writer drafts a compelling case that a few scribes sometimes converted the textual content of the Gospels lower than the impact of apologetic pursuits.
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Ed. Origène. Contre Celse (Sources Chrétiennes; Paris: Les Éditions du Cerf, 1967), while the most popular English translation and introduction belongs to Henry Chadwick, Origen: Contra Celsum (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1953). A particularly insightful study exploring the common conceptual base underlying the discussions of Jesus in Celsus and Origen appears in Eugene Gallagher, Divine Man or Magician? Celsus and Origen on Jesus (SBLDS 64; Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1982). 107 For example, H.
Cf. S. Benko, “Pagan Criticism of Christianity,” 1101–08 for his introductory comments on Celsus, many of which have been followed closely here. 110 Eusebius (Hist. eccl. , identified Porphyry as a contemporary of his who settled in Sicily and wrote treatises (suggra&mmata) attempting to slander Christians and their sacred scriptures (ta_v qei/av grafa_v diaba&llein). Robert L. ). 111 What remains of his work consists of fragments located in various Christian writers, in particular Augustine and Jerome.
On the one hand, this identification enabled Christians to enjoy some of the privileges afforded Jews by Roman authorities, mainly on the basis of their antiquity as a religion. On the other hand, however, Christians were viewed with the same suspicion directed toward Jews as a result of the several insurgent revolts led by Jewish extremists such as Simeon Bar Kochba. Second, Christians were labeled a superstition, and accused of engaging in magic and many of the immoral and heinous behaviors associated with its practice.
Apologetic discourse and the scribal tradition : evidence of the influence of apologetic interests on the text of the canonical Gospels by Wayne C. Kannaday