Irenaeus Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Oct 30 2012 8:19 AM

The Ante-Nicene Library that Logos offers is fairly extensive, but it is probably impossible to have a truly complete collection of any era of the Fathers - there are just so many of them. Big Smile  And, of course, it cannot contain documents found since it was originally published.

In 1904 one such document was found - Irenaeus's Demonstration of Apostolic Preaching - in an Armenian translation.  If was mentioned in Eusebius, but had been considered lost.

But now it is found.  It is drastically shorter than Against Heresies, and so does not give anything like the detail of the larger work.  Instead it is more catechetical treatment by Irenaeus of the Faith once delivered to the Saints.  As such, it servers (IMHO) as a fine introduction to how Christians read the Bible c. 200.  If you want more detail, go to Against Heresies and Justin's Dialogue with Trypho.

In 1920 J Armitage Robinson published an English translation of it.  While he admits to not being an expert in Armenian, he was an expert in Irenaeus.  And so his careful edition is quite highly notated, and can serve as a guide for where to go for more information even today.

ABOUT THIS EDITION: The main source for this is from CCEL (  While I did proof this a bit with the copy on Google books, it is obvious that the person or people behind this have spent a lot of time on it.  The footnote numbering is from them - in SPCK's original they were numbered by page.  In addition, the original had margin notes.  Some were inserted into the text parenthetically by CCEL.  I added a few more that way and also tried to link the biblical quotes.  In addition I tried to link with as many early documents as possible.

Unfortunately since to the best of my knowledge there is no datatype for this work, it does not link to itself very well.  When Robinson references a page in this work, I created a link.  But when he references a paragraph number of Irenaeus's work, I did not.

But I offer this to the community as an introduction to this great early Christian thinker.


Ken McGuire

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Dominick Sela | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 30 2012 10:30 AM

Thanks Kenneth!

FYI, I am not sure why, I have not been able to figure it out, but compiling this document gets a whole lot of "Unknown language: 'la-Latin'" errors??

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 30 2012 11:26 AM



Yes, Latin and Greek text quoted in this (and there is a lot of it) is marked as Latin and Greek so Logos can handle it better.


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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 30 2012 1:04 PM

Thanks again for sharing with us, Kenneth!                        I am overwhelmed by the vast labours of love you engage in.            Unfortunately I still have a few serious health issues that don't seem to be going away, so I haven't had time and opportunity  to engage others in the Logos Groups.         *smile*              Peace and Joy!             *smile*

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 30 2012 6:26 PM


Your generosity and service continue to be an example to all.

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2012 4:11 PM


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No textual changes for this, but I did add a few links - one to Plato and a couple Tertullian.  Real reason for the update is that I found in working on something else that the format I used for the links to Athenagoras has changed and is no longer recognized by the current compiler, and so I have updated them to a new format that works now.


Ken McGuire

The Gospel is not ... a "new law," on the contrary, ... a "new life." - William Julius Mann

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Dominick Sela | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 30 2012 2:14 PM

Thanks for the update Kenneth, this is a great resource!

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L.A. | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 19 2013 8:31 AM

Thank you very much, Kenneth!! A lot of tagging! Wow!!

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Sue McIntyre | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 3:49 AM

Thank you Ken !

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