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On the Apostolic Preaching (Popular Patristics)On the Apostolic Preaching (Popular Patristics)
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Irenaeus was the most important theologian in the second-century church. First discovered in 1904, On the Apostolic Preaching is an apologetic work defending the apostolic office and has been translated from Armenian. It summarizes the essentials of the Christian faith, quoting frequently from the Old Testament, and seeks to prove Jesus was the Messiah.

About the Popular Patristics Series
The Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritual benefit.

Recognized Patristic scholars provide short but comprehensive and clear introductory essays according to their specializations for each volume.

Texts include classics of Christian literature, thematic volumes, homily collections, letters, spiritual guidance, and poetical works from a wide variety geographical contexts and historical backgrounds. The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.
     

 
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By returning to the practice and methodology of the early Church, Fr John Behr, a renowned patristics scholar, invites readers to approach the mystery of Jesus Christ in the same way that the first disciples learned their theology. His vision of Christian theology, written in a systematic manner, offers a way out of the problems that have beset theology and scriptural study in recent centuries.
     

 
The Way to Nicaea: Formation of Christian Theology, Volume 1The Way to Nicaea: Formation of Christian Theology, Volume 1
John Behr
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This three-volume series traces the reflection provoked by Christ's question, "Who do you say that I am?" from the earliest days of Christianity to the Seventh Ecumenical Council. Through original and penetrating analyses of selected figures and controversies, Behr presents not only the history of theological reflection, but a sustained analysis of the essential elements of the resulting theology. This first volume provides a treatment of the initial three centuries of the Christian era, examining the establishment of normative Christianity upon the basis of tradition and the canon of the Gospel. Behr also briefly sketches the portrait of the Scriptural Christ inscribed in the New Testament.
     

 
The Nicene Faith: Formation of Christian Theology, Volume 2 (Parts One & Two)The Nicene Faith: Formation of Christian Theology, Volume 2 (Parts One & Two)
John Behr
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"This is a remarkable contribution to contemporary patristic scholarship, at once fully informed in both primary and secondary literature and forthrightly committed to profound respect for the teaching of normative Christianity. Solid and insightful, it is warmly recommended,"---Calvin Theological Journal. 480 pages total, two softcovers. SVS Press.
     

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