Rightly Dividing the Word: Negotiating Continuity and Discontinuity

Wednesday, 01 Sep 2010

Often we find that differences among Christians over end-times views reveal broader disagreements about how to interpret the Bible as a whole. Ancient Gnostics (especially Marcion) rejected the Old Testament, pitting Yahweh the Creator God of the Jews against the New Testament Christ of Spirit and grace. Irenaeus, second-century bishop of Lyons, refuted Gnosticism not only at the level of its heretical doctrines, but in terms of its insistence upon a radical discontinuity between the two testaments. As a result, the church father's Against Heresies remains one of the most articulate explorations of covenant theology in ...

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