Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How Much of Early Christian Literature is Recycled?

Matthew and Luke are forgeries of Mark's gospel.  No one lays the situation out like that but given the way 'textual recycling' follows among the earliest Patristic sources I am not entirely sure it is not warranted.  The relationship between Justin and Irenaeus on the one hand and Justin and Irenaeus and Hippolytus and Tertullian will be the subject of my next series of posts.  All of this will build to ask the question - to what degree of certainty can we have that Cyril of Jerusalem's mention of Irenaeus's (lost) Prescriptions Against Heresies has a relationship with Tertullian's Prescription Against Heresies?

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