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Apologetic Discourse and the Scribal Tradition. Evidence of by Wayne C. Kannaday

By Wayne C. Kannaday

It's typically said that the "original" manuscripts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John didn't live on the exigencies of heritage. What smooth readers confer with because the canonical Gospels are in reality compositions reconstructed from copies transmitted through frequently nameless scribes. Apologetic Discourse and the Scribal culture examines an incredible side of the interesting yet seldom-reported tale of the pursuits that formed the formation of the textual content of the hot testomony. With an educated know-how of the dynamic discourse among pagan critics and early defenders of early Christianity, and cautious scrutiny of multiple hundred version readings situated within the literary culture of the recent testomony textual content, the writer drafts a compelling case that a few scribes sometimes transformed the textual content of the Gospels below the impact of apologetic pursuits.

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81 Ironically, much of the substantial pagan critique that survived the ravages of Fahrenheit 451 did so in the guise of quotations located in the apologetic literature that was intended to refute them—so many wolves, as it were, cloaked in the garments of sheep. The ready availability of several excellent thoroughgoing surveys and studies that serve well to introduce and provide analysis of the primary sources written by pagan opponents of Christianity eliminates the need to recite that information here.

Scholars continue to debate the long-term impact of True Word. Clearly something of consequence prompted his patron Ambrose to commission Origen to devote such immense energies and resources to responding point by point to Celsus. Yet, Origen in his preface to Contra Celsum indicates that he had never read or heard of the book prior to receiving a copy of it from Ambrose. Clarity on the matter continues to evade scholarship. Porphyry of Tyre. Widely considered by ancients as well as current scholars one of the most formidable of the pagan critics of Christianity, it is regrettable that the works of Porphyry (c.

H. C. Frend questions the legitimacy of tracing the legacy of the speech directly back to Fronto, although he expresses confidence that its content accurately represents widespread Roman opinion toward Christians current in the middle of the second century. See idem, Martyrdom and Persecution, 252–3, 269. In part, the issue lies in the fact that no such oration may be found in the extant works of Fronto. Still, S. Benko, “Pagan Criticism of Christianity,” 1081–2, is optimistic in his outlook that the arguments reported by Minucius Felix do, in fact, find their basis in Fronto.

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