This post is a continuation of my recap/summary of James Dunn’s newest volume Neither Jew nor Greek. In chapter 40 Dunn is outlining the sources regarding the second century data, an important period for the development of early Christianity. In this section (40.2) the Apologists are identified, many of whom I was not introduced to in my undergraduate and graduate history courses. An ‘apologist’ was someone attempting to give a reasoned defense of their faith (although Dunn is correct to note that Christians were not the first apologists, pointing correctly to the works of Philo). I will attempt to summarize Dunn’s outline of these various sources.
-Quadratus is regarded as the first Christian to write an apology
-Eusebius writes that Quadratus addressed a treatise to the emperor Hadrian around 125 CE
-Only part of this document was cited by Eusebius (HE 4.3.2)
-The quote notes how some of…
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