I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Monday, March 8, 2010

Persecution in the Early Church

I can’t keep this one to myself. Here is a great primer on early Church persecution by D. P. Brooks. Brooks brings the historical context of Roman persecution in contact with the text of 1 Peter, and also touches on Hebrews. If nothing else, it will enlighten many on what the early Church endured and how that background should shape our reading of the latter New Testament.


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