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Diognetus, Letter to
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[German Version]

The Letter to Diognetus (titled simply “To Diognetus” in the authoritative manuscript) is not a letter at all but an anonymous apologetic and protreptic tract. After an introduction listing the topics of discussion (ch. 1), a refutation of the gods of the Greeks (ch. 2), and derision of the Jewish cult and ritual law (chs. 3f.), which follow the traditional schemes of apologetics and are shaped by a philosophical image of a god without needs, chs. 5–10 contain a hortatory presentation of the Christian life and faith, strongly influenced by J…

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Schöllgen, Georg, “Diognetus, Letter to”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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