Ignatius, Polycarp, and i cLement: Walter Bauer Reconsidered

Ignatius, Polycarp, and i cLement: Walter Bauer Reconsidered IGNATIUS, POLYCARP, AND I CLEMENT: WALTER BAUER RECONSIDERED BY FREDERICK W. NORRIS Walter Bauer's attack on the classical theory of the development of heresy remains impressive. The claim of some early Christian writers that everywhere heresy was both later in time and smaller in number than orthodoxy appears to be untenable to many scholars. Even H. E. W. Turner contested the report that heresy only flourished in a few places, although he vigorously defended orthodoxy's priority.2 The historical reconstructions which Bauer offered, however, continue to be debated. His assessment of the evidence resulted in two theses. 1) In most areas of the Mediterranean basin - particularly Edessa, Egypt, Asia Minor, Antioch, Macedonia, and Crete - heresy was either earlier than and/or stronger than orthodoxy. 2) From the beginning of the second century the Roman community was singularly the dominant influence in the formation of orthodoxy.3 My purpose is to examine Bauer's treatment of 1 Walter Bauer, Rechtgläubigkeit und Ketzerei im ältesten Christentum, Beiträge zur historischen Theologie, 10, zweite, durchgesehene Auflage mit einem Nachtrag, heraus- gegeben von Georg Strecker (Tübingen, J. C. B. Mohr/Paul Siebeck, 1964) 3-4 mentions Origen, Comm. II in Cantic. (see Baehrens, GCS 33, 179) and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vigiliae Christianae Brill

Ignatius, Polycarp, and i cLement: Walter Bauer Reconsidered

Vigiliae Christianae, Volume 30 (1): 23 – Jan 1, 1976

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© 1976 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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IGNATIUS, POLYCARP, AND I CLEMENT: WALTER BAUER RECONSIDERED BY FREDERICK W. NORRIS Walter Bauer's attack on the classical theory of the development of heresy remains impressive. The claim of some early Christian writers that everywhere heresy was both later in time and smaller in number than orthodoxy appears to be untenable to many scholars. Even H. E. W. Turner contested the report that heresy only flourished in a few places, although he vigorously defended orthodoxy's priority.2 The historical reconstructions which Bauer offered, however, continue to be debated. His assessment of the evidence resulted in two theses. 1) In most areas of the Mediterranean basin - particularly Edessa, Egypt, Asia Minor, Antioch, Macedonia, and Crete - heresy was either earlier than and/or stronger than orthodoxy. 2) From the beginning of the second century the Roman community was singularly the dominant influence in the formation of orthodoxy.3 My purpose is to examine Bauer's treatment of 1 Walter Bauer, Rechtgläubigkeit und Ketzerei im ältesten Christentum, Beiträge zur historischen Theologie, 10, zweite, durchgesehene Auflage mit einem Nachtrag, heraus- gegeben von Georg Strecker (Tübingen, J. C. B. Mohr/Paul Siebeck, 1964) 3-4 mentions Origen, Comm. II in Cantic. (see Baehrens, GCS 33, 179) and

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