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Discerning Witnesses: First and Second Century Textual Studies in Christian Authority

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The purpose of this research is to examine the sources of authority employed by Marcion, Clement of Rome, and Ignatius of Antioch as they navigated competing theologies during the post-Apostolic period of the early Christian church. Combining textual analysis and historical reconstruction, this study draws upon both the extant works of these early writers and the modern treatments of authority in early Christianity, finding that these authors navigated multiple forms of textual and non-textual authority in constructing their theological programs. Determining the function of the specifically Christian writings which now comprise the New Testament in their pre-canonical employment constitutes an important aspect of the current project. This study concludes that these three writers created a hermeneutic for defining and utilizing all potentially useful sources through their appeals to the central authority found in the person and event of Jesus of Nazareth.
subject
Authority
Christianity
Clement
Ignatius
Jesus
Marcion
contributor
Prahlow, Jacob Joseph (author)
Leonard, Bill J (committee chair)
Foskett, Mary F (committee member)
Boyd, Stephen B (committee member)
date
2014-07-10T08:35:35Z (accessioned)
2015-01-10T09:30:10Z (available)
2014 (issued)
degree
Religion (discipline)
embargo
2015-1-10 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/39289 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Discerning Witnesses: First and Second Century Textual Studies in Christian Authority
type
Thesis

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