Scripture among the Apologists: Justin’s Views on Scripture

Before turning to Theophilus of Antioch, it is worth pausing for a moment to reflect on why Justin’s use of scripture does not come across more clearly in his writings. First, there is the possibility that Justin cited some, if not many, of his sources from memory. This does not seem likely for his longerContinue reading “Scripture among the Apologists: Justin’s Views on Scripture”

Recommended Reading: December 10

If you read one article this week, look at Recalibrating the Culture War in 2016 by Darrell Bock. Have more reading time this weekend? Check out the following suggestions, gleaned from around the blogging world. Happy reading!

Scripture among the Apologists: Justin, Logos, and Paul

On Justin’s conception of the logos, much has also been written. Perhaps most important is that prior to the Apology, only in Johannine literature is Jesus identified with the logos.[i] On this Pryor writes that, “Outside the Johannine tradition there is no evidence of an explicit Logos Christology in the first century. Indeed, even hereContinue reading “Scripture among the Apologists: Justin, Logos, and Paul”

Scripture among the Apologists: Justin’s Use of John

Discussions surrounding Justin’s knowledge of the Fourth Gospel typically take place apart from considerations of the Synoptic tradition and catechetical materials.[i] Few have suggested the Apology’s total independence from Johannine thought, primarily due to the intensity of attention which Justin assigns to the logos and his general historical context.[ii] Regarding Justin’s knowledge of the textContinue reading “Scripture among the Apologists: Justin’s Use of John”

Scripture among the Apologists: Justin’s Christian Sources

For Justin, the most important source of authority resided in the words and actions of the Incarnate Logos, Jesus Christ.[i] Christ’s teaching revealed most fully what his action as the Logos had set in motion before time, and his authority reigned supreme over any claim made by Greek philosophy or the Jewish Scriptures.[ii] Among scholars,Continue reading “Scripture among the Apologists: Justin’s Christian Sources”

Recommended Reading: December 3

If you read one article this week, engage C.S. Lewis and the Art of Disagreement by Michael Ward. Have additional reading time this fine December day? Check out the following suggestions, gathered from around the blogging world. Think I missed sharing an important article? Let me know below or at sonblestjacob [at] gmail.com.

Scripture among the Apologists: Justin’s Jewish Sources

As important as Greek philosophy was for Justin, the Jewish mind may have been even more influential. Broadly speaking, Justin was indebted to the Philonic interpretive tradition,[i] Jewish haggadah,[ii] and Hebraic monotheism.[iii] More specifically, though, Justin relied upon the Jewish Scriptures as an important foundation for his theology and exegesis.[iv]