Sunday, 3 May 2015

Taras Khomych: Rise and Development of Early Christological Controversies:Evidence from Ignatius of Antioch in Context

The epistles of Ignatius of Antioch are an excellent source of information on early Christological controversies. In this workshop, the Ignatian corpus is examined in the light of the NT and other early Christian traditions (Part One), and contemporary as well as later literary sources (Part Two).
The first paper in Part One, “The Impact of the Christological Controversies”, examines the impact of the polemics upon the diachronic development of early Christian kerygma. The second contribution, “‘the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins’”, analyzes the way in which Ignatius creatively uses the early Christian ‘dying for’ formula, and how he changes it in his emphasis on the reality of Jesus’ suffering. The third presentation, “Conflicting Choreographies?”, deals with two enigmatic early Christian dance descriptions, arguing that they can offer valuable material for the study of the development and conflict within Johannine Christianity.

In Part Two, the first contribution, “Marcion and the Gospels”, explores the role of Ignatius in the complex relationship between Marcion and the Gospels. The second paper, “Ignatius adversus Basilideanos?”, examines what is known of Basilides’ teaching to determine the plausibility of identifying the latter as Ignatius’ opponent. The final contribution, “Clement of Alexandria, Hippolytus of Rome and Theodoret of Cyrus in a Joint Conversation with Ignatius of Antioch,” focuses on the phenomenon of “Docetism” as evidenced by later sources. Addressing these critical issues, the organisers of this workshop aim to present the most recent developments in the field and initiate further discussion.

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