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Encounters with Hellenism

Studies on the First letter of Clement

Encounters with Hellenism by C. Breytenbach
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This volume deals with the encounter of early Christianity with Hellenistic culture, particularly with the question of ancient rhetorical influence on the First Letter of Clement. It contains reprints of two classical studies by A. von Harnack and W. Jaeger, which were seminal for the understanding of the letter against a Hellenistic background. Furthermore, it makes available in English an important essay of the Dutch scholar W.C. van Unnik on the literary and rhetorical genre of First Clement (genos symbouleutikon). The editors also present two studies: Breytenbach describes the Hellenistic background of Clement's use of metaphorical language and Wellborn questions the traditional dating of First Clement on the basis of an analysis of the rhetorical situation.
BRILL; January 2004
248 pages; ISBN 9789047401445
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Title: Encounters with Hellenism
Author: C. Breytenbach; L.L. Welborn