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Was known, quite early, century as being a section of Adv. haer. 2-3, indicates its presence in Upper Egypt at the end of the second or the beginning of the third century. à plus de 400 kilometres au sud d'Alexandrie, quelques vingt ans, et peut-être plus rapidement encore, après sa rédaction à Lyon 1 (SC 210, p. 128). Many passages of Clement's Str. are strikingly parallel to Adv. haer: Str. 216-7; VI. 18. 30Anti-Gnostic Polemics In trying to determine Irenaeus's motives and reasons for attacking Irenaeus1 s question the Gnostics, I do not mean to de-emphasize theolog i ca1 reasoning.

If the geographical Irenaeus's s ilence, can factor the alone cannot chronology account be of some for avail? The ant i-Montan i s t literature was written during the last quarter of third^. the second century and the first decade of the This obviously leaves Montanism, at least early Montanism, contemporary to Irenaeus who cannot be provided here At with an ref u tat ion of alibi. a. Fischer, 'Die antimontanistichen' , p. 247 : Schon um 177/178 bezeugen die gallischen Gemeinden von Lyon und Vienne Kenntnis der "neuen Prophetie"'.

Do we find elements of an answer in recent stud ies of Montanism? C, Baur1 s view of an antignostic character conflict 'Hellenistic' result of between into Montanism. the (Pauline) a final According 'Jewish' versions synthesis to (Petrine) of Baur the and the Christianity in early was Catholicism. to On this view, Montanism would clearly find its place along the Jewish line over against the Hellenistic Gnosis and thus be on Irena eus 1 s side. haer. IV. 3 3 . 6-7 may have been directed Montanism, but no explicit mention of it is made.

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