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The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism By Franz Cumont

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The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism By Franz Cumont   SYRIA. The religions of Syria never had the same solidarity in the Occident as those from Egypt or Asia Minor. From the coasts of Phoenicia and the valleys of Lebanon, from the borders of the Euphrates and the oases of the desert, they came at various periods, like the successive waves of the incoming tide, and existed side by side in the Roman world without uniting, in spite of their similarities. The isolation in which they remained and the persistent adherence of their believers to their particular rites were a consequence and...

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HISTORICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR INSIDER MOVEMENTS Christopher Flint1

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Re-imagining Tatian: The Damaging Effects of Polemical Rhetoric NAOMI KOLTUN-FROMM Tatian, a second-century Christian apologist, is best known on the one hand for his much admired and only extant text, the Oratio ad Graecos, and on the other for heresy. Starting with Irenaeus, Tatian develops a reputation particularly among the western Fathers for heresy and extreme asceticism—including sexual renunciation, vegetarianism, and abstention from alcohol. In the late fourth century Tatian reappears as the reputed (and heretical) author of the Diatessaron, possibly the gospel harmony most popular...

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Journal of Early Christian Studies The Johns Hopkins University Press Porphyry on Christians and Others: “Barbarian Wisdom,” Identity Politics, and Anti-Christian Polemics on the Eve of the Great Persecution*

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Journal of Early Christian Studies 13:3, 277–314 © 2005 The Johns Hopkins University Press Porphyry on Christians and Others: “Barbarian Wisdom,” Identity Politics, and Anti-Christian Polemics on the Eve of the Great Persecution* JEREMY M. SCHOTT This paper argues that we can better appreciate the motivations behind Porphyry of Tyre’s anti-Christian polemics if they are placed in the context of his larger philosophical project. Porphyry’s investigations of “foreign” religions and philosophies were based on asymmetrical distinctions between Greeks and barbarians that paralleled,...

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The Jacobites

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The Jacobites have been referred to historically as members of the “West Christian Church,” also of the “Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and all the East.” Jacobite missionary activity, dating back to the earliest centuries of Christianity, led to the establishment of a branch in the Malabar region of southwestern India. The apostle Saint Thomas is credited with laying the foundation for the Malabar church. The Jacobites came into being under this name as a consequence of the intense Christological controversies that took place during the fourth and fifth centuries,...

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Hymns and homilies of Ephraim the Syrian

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Hymns and homilies of Ephraim the Syrian Hymn III. Fix thou our hearing, that it be not loosed and wander! 1. Fix thou our hearing, that it be not loosed and wander! For it is a-wandering if one enquire, who He is and what He is like. For how can we avail, to paint in us the likeness, of that Being which is like to the mind? Naught is there in it that is limited, in all of it He sees and hears; all of it as it were speaks; all of it is in all senses. R., Praise to the One Being, that is to us unsearchable! 2. His aspect cannot be discerned, that it should be portrayed by our understanding:...

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