Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries

by Adolf Harnack


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History remembers Harnack as one who refused to limit literary and historical study of the Bible. This work traces the history of the church from the time of the apostles to the time of the first church councils. In particular, he sought out the influence of Greek philosophy upon early Christian writings, including its creeds. Ultimately, he would come to see said Greek influence as a thing that corrupted the gospel message. Because of this, he rejected the Gospel of John as an accurate portrayal of the historical Jesus in favor of the three Synoptic Gospels.

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Adolf Harnack
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: May 7, 1851, Governorate of Livonia
Died: June 10, 1930, Heidelberg
Related topics: Christianity--Essence, genius, nature, Christianity, Church history--Primitive and early church, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Germany
Basic information: Adolf von Harnack (7 May 1851–10 June 1930), was a German Lutheran theologian and prominent church historian. He produced many religious publications from 1873-1912. Harnack traced the influence of Hellenistic philosophy on early Christian writing and called on Christians to question the authenticity of doctrines that arose in the early Christian church.
Popular works: Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries , History of Dogma - Volume I, Origin of the New Testament, History of Dogma - Volume IV, Apostles' Creed

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