Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity

Walter Bauer s Orthodoxy Heresy has established itself as a classic refutation of the myth that in the beginning orthodoxy was there first heresy was a deviation from the norm Whatever one thinks of the thesis, one cannot bypass Bauer on early heresy any that one can bypass Bultmann on Form Criticism or Harnack on the development of dogma Today, it rWalter Bauer s Orthodoxy Heresy has established itself as a classic refutation of the myth that in the beginning orthodoxy was there first heresy was a deviation from the norm Whatever one thinks of the thesis, one cannot bypass Bauer on early heresy any that one can bypass Bultmann on Form Criticism or Harnack on the development of dogma Today, it remains a good introduction to Christianity at the end of the 1st century the beginning of the 2nd century Gerald Christianson, Church History, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary This brilliant pioneering monograph inaugurated a new era of scholarship in the study of the New Testament Christian origins, especially in America It argued that early Christianity did not begin with a unified orthodox belief, from which heresies broke off at a later time Rather, Bauer demonstrated that diversity stood at the beginning, while an orthodox church emerged only after long controversies during the early centuries During recent decades, the investigation of newly discovered texts, such as the Gnostic Library of Nag Hammadi in Egypt, have fully confirmed Bauer s insights There may be numerous details, which scholars today would see differently than Walter Bauer, whose word was 1st published in Germany 60 years ago Nevertheless, Bauer s book has remained the foundation for all modern scholarship in this field, it s must reading for all who want to explore early Christian Communities It s still challenging, fresh, fascinating thought provoking without any question one of the truly great masterpieces of New Testament scholarship Helmut Koester,New Testament Studies Ancient Church History, Harvard Divinity School
Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity Walter Bauer s Orthodoxy Heresy has established itself as a classic refutation of the myth that in the beginning orthodoxy was there first heresy was a deviation from the norm Whatever one thinks of t

  • Title: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity
  • Author: Walter Bauer
  • ISBN: 9780962364273
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity”

    1. Seminal review and discussion of the origins of the distinctions between orthodoxies and heresies in the early church. A realistic portrayal of the history of dogma and doctrine which places their formulations within their socio-political contexts while establishing that what became orthodox and heterodox arose slowly out of a common matrix

    2. REVIEW AND CRITIQUE Bauer, Walter. Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity. Edited by Robert A. Kraft and Gerhard Krodel. Various translators. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1971.Bauer the German historian in his work Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity reassessed the historical distinction between “orthodoxy” and “heresy” and argued for a new reconstructed historical picture: instead of viewing the heresies as deviation from the orthodoxy, what came to become the orthodoxy of C [...]

    3. I mean, it's a classic. Started an important new era in early Christianity research. Not the most gripping read ever but it matters.

    4. Wow, needless to say, this book took a lot out of me while reading it. It made me realize how little I have read in the early Christian literature, and I will DEFINITELY need to re-read this book in a year, and than hopefully I will understand more. Bauer rocks my Church history/Greek loving world.

    5. An important book for students of the New Testament. While Bauer's arguments are often flawed, the refined and developed points made by Bultmann are, perhaps, more significant. Bauer's impact was important, but without the popularizer Bultmann we may never have felt it's wide influence to this day.

    6. This was used as a textbook during my first year in the M.Div. program and Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. Its thesis is based more on presuppositions than historical reality. See The Heresy of Orthodoxy by Andreas Kostenberger.

    7. Unimpressed, for one of the most important books in the field, the arguments sure seem shaky, reliant largely on silence.

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