Cada uno de los restantes trabajos examina algun aspecto particular del tema de la conversion, recorriendo el periodo patristico desde el siglo II al siglo VII en diversas areas culturales tanto de Oriente como de Occidente, a traves de una nutrida seleccion de autores: Justino de Roma, varios Padres Apologistas griegos (Aristides, Taciano el Sirio, Teofilo de Antioquia, Atenagoras), Origenes, cuatro Padres griegos (Basilio de Cesarea, Gregorio de Nacianzo, Cirilo de Alejandria y Maximo el Confesor), cuatro latinos (Hilario de Poitiers, Ambrosio de Milan, Jeronimo, Agustin) y algunos representantes del area siriaca (Mara Bar-Serapion, Bardaisan
o el Pseudo-Macario).
823), should also be at least nuanced, in light of Bardaisan
, Clement, the Apocalypse of Peter's Rainer Fragment, parts of the Sibylline Oracles, and arguably of the NT, especially Paul's letters.
(Louvain: Peeters, 2007), 193-203;--La critique du prince': Quelques aspects d'une philosophie poli-tique dans l'ceuvre de Barhebraeus," in After Bardaisan
: Studies on Continuity and Change in Honour of Professor Han J.W Drifters, ed.
There are, however, traces of earlier traditions in it, as for instance a comparison with Bardaisan
of Edessa ([dagger] A.D.
(35) When 'Ammar says that "reasoned opinion may devise Good and Evil on the basis of what people observe of good and evil in the world," he means that reasoned opinion may devise the concept of Good and Evil principles or deities; in other words, it is not surprising that rational people should come up with dualistic religions--and, in a parallel passage in his other book, he mentions the teachings of Zoroaster, Mani, Bardaisan
, and Marcion.
Thomas Halton and Joseph Williman (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press, 1986), 22-52; Griffith, "The Marks of the 'True Church' according to Ephraem's Hymns against Heresies," in After Bardaisan
: Studies on Continuity and Change in Syriac Christianity in Honour of Professor Han J.
Other excerpts are from theological currents of the second and third centuries, such as those found in Irenaeus, Origen, and the little-known Syrian philosopher Bardaisan
The main culture heroes of our period are Elchasai, Bardaisan
, and Marcion, but also Hermes.
as a result of regular trading links and the visits of Indian ambassadors to the west as well as of Greek philosophers to the east.(19) Bardaisan
of Edessa acquired a good deal of knowledge about Indian philosophy from a group of Indian ambassadors on their way to the court of Elagabalus;(20) while in the third century Plotinus is said to have embarked for India in the expedition of Gordian III in search of wisdom, though he had to abandon the journey: in this desire he was probably influenced by his teacher Ammonius Saccas, who may have been a Buddhist.(21) There is no reason to suppose that Hippolytus had to have direct access to the Upanishads to learn what he knew about Indian doctrines.
Despite their many differences, Origen, Bardaisan
, Gregory of Nyssa, Issac of Syria, and Eriugena all go into the blender and come out looking alike.