Thursday, November 08, 2007

Justin Martyr and His Worlds

New from Fortress:
New Volume Reintroduces Justin Martyr

Minneapolis (November 8, 2007) —Justin, Philosopher and Christian Martyr, Samaritan, exegete, apologist, and witness to so many of the intellectual and cultural worlds of the later Roman Empire, surprises every generation of scholars anew with the riches he has to offer them. Scholar, apologist, martyr, he was one of the most gifted leaders in the early church. His writings are one of our richest sources for understanding the developing beliefs, worship, and public perception of Christians in the second century.

The newly released volume Justin Martyr and His Worlds presents a well-rounded portrait of one of the second-century church’s most remarkable figures through state-of-the question scholarship on a wide variety of topics.

Here are studies of Justin’s relationship to Judaism, Hellenism, and the Roman state, to philosophers, emperors, and heretics, and to the scriptures and other writings of second-century Judaism and Christianity. A map and timeline of Justin’s world, a list of his writings, and a full-color gallery of images complement the work of many leading scholars.


Introduction: By Sara Parvis and Paul Foster, Editors

Part One: Justin's Worlds

* Justin and Judaism – Judith Lieu, King's College, London
* Justin and Gnosticism – Christoph Markschies, Humboldt Universität, Berlin
* Justin and the Apologetic Tradition – Sara Parvis, University of Edinburgh

Part Two: Justin's Writings and Thought
* Jesus as the Name of God in the "Dialogue with Trypho" – Larry W. Hurtado, University of Edinburgh
* The "Apologies": A Textual History – Paul Parvis, University of Edinburgh
* A New Text of Justin's "Apologies" – Denis Minns, University of Oxford
* Justin's Use of the Old Testament – Oskar Skarsaune, Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology in Oslo
* The Gospel of Peter and the Writings of Justin – Paul Foster, University of Edinburgh
* Justin, Suicide and Martyrdom – Graham Stanton, University of Cambridge

Part Three: Reading Justin Today
* Justin Scholarship: Trends and Trajectories – Michael Slusser, Duquesne University
* Justin and the Postcolonial Tradition – J. Rebecca Lyman, University of California at Berkeley


Paul Foster is Senior Lecturer in New Testament Literature, Language, and Theology, and Sara Parvis is Lecturer in Patristics, at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity.

Justin Martyr and His Worlds
Edited by Sara Parvis and Paul Foster

ISBN: 978-0-8006-6212-7

Price: $35.00 / CAN $42.00 / UK ₤19.99

Specs: 6" x 9", hardcover with jacket, 248 pages

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