Heresy & Identity in Late Antiquity by Holger M. Zellentin, Eduard Iricinschi

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By Holger M. Zellentin, Eduard Iricinschi

The authors of the essays amassed right here discover the ways that past due old teams outlined their very own socio-political borders and created safe in-group identities through discourses on ''heresy'' and ''heretics.'' a much wider definition of ''heresy'' and ''heretics'' as actual or built ''internal opposition'' and ''internal enemies'' results in a brand new knowing of old resources in addition to to new comparative probabilities. the various contributing authors examine the social atmosphere of heresiology, and consider the way it served to manage interplay among groups. Others examine different capabilities of ''heresy''-making discourse as a simultaneous means of describing and disqualifying teams of perceived dissenters. Combining displays from a number of fields, the authors re-evaluate the phenomenon of 'heresy' in overdue antiquity within the broadest attainable scope. They specialise in examples of the ways that overdue vintage teams outlined themselves as righteous, within the technique of describing imagined groups as vicious. They study instances within which authors or teams sought to provide risky encounters by means of describing the ''other'' in hugely conventionalized phrases tested via heresiological traditions and the production of clich?s and inventory characters. The authors additionally study situations during which heresy-making discourses successfully ''push with the left and convey in with the right,'' because the Babylonian Talmud has it, inasmuch because the proclamation of an intensive divorce from 'heretics' allowed for the domestication in their principles and practices.

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The discursive deployment of body symbolism, however, differs markedly from Irenaeus' use. SRJ follows the ancient pattern in which the human body is represented as a microcosm of macro cosmic reality. In SRJ, materiality is itself an indissociable effect of power dynamics. 33 The human body came into being only in the play of the forces of power to control the Spirit, and in that sense, it is the effect of a power struggle. This fact is apparent in the body's double genealogy - made in the image of the First Human who appears in a luminous male form on the waters below, and formed in the likeness of Yaldabaoth and his minions.

Burton L. 5I'n't Us: Rabbinic Anti-Gentile Polemic in Yerusha1mi Berachot 9: 1" gives a detailed study of the aforementioned Rabbinic literary genre - "conversation with a min," the refutation of heretical stock characters by witted rabbis. Starting from the point of view that such conversations mainly serve Rabbinic self-affirmation, Visotzky differentiates between two levels of the passage in question. On the microlevel, Visotzky argues, only the first part of the passage deals with Christianity in its reference(s) to Biblical trinitarian testimonies, whereas the second part deals with patronage in a Gentile Greco-Roman setting.

The problem of trustworthiness can turn on a debate over the guilt or innocence of the author or over whether mistakes arise from purposeful misrepresentation or from ignorance. There are several reasons, however, why a moral test of character is not the best way to frame the issue of historical reliability. First of all, it does not seem appropriate to judge ancient authors by canons they would very likely reject as unprincipled. Would any of the early Christian polemicists have thought that truth was a matter of impartial objectivity?

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