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Author(s): Usarski, Frank | Horst, Pieter W. van der | Dan, Joseph | Lüdemann, Gerd | Skarsaune, Oskar | Et al.
[German Version] I. Concept – II. Judaism – III. New Testament – IV. Church History – V. Islam – VI. Fundamental Theology – VII. Practical Theology – VIII. Missiology I. Concept The necessity – felt with varying intensity by different communities of faith – to lend credibility to one's own convictions, ways of behaving, etc. in the face of other, perhaps dominant worldviews, using appropriate means, is an essential element of the history of religion. When the term apologetics is used in this context there is a certain conformity in content w…

Apologie, literarisch

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Author(s): Skarsaune, Oskar
[German Version] I. Form and Genre – II. Writings I. Form and Genre In his Ecclesiastical History Eusebius of Caesarea singled out a group of early Christian writings by calling them “Apologies.” The common denominator of these writings by Quadratus, Aristides, Justin, Melito, Apollinarius of Hierapolis, Miltiades, and …


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Author(s): Skarsaune, Oskar
[German Version] Some 2nd-century Christian writers were called “Apologists” and they were edited as a group for the first time by F. Morel (Paris 1615). This work comprised genuine, dubious, and spurious works by Justin and subsequent works by Athena, Theophilus of Antioch, Tatian, and Hermias. In J.C.T. v. Otto's still classic edition (1842ff.), fragments of Quadratus, Aristides, Aristo, Miltiades, Melito, and Apollinaris of Hierapolis were also included. This has since been the conventional definition. Oskar Skarsaune Bibliography O. Bardenhewer, Geschichte der altkirchl…