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Second-century ad church father and bishop of Lyons in Gaul. One of the foremost early Christian theologians. Defended the orthodoxy of Christian doctrine.
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IRENAEUS. Irenaeus (ca. 140–ca. 202) was bishop of Lyons in Gaul in the late 2d century. His exposition of Christian theology developed out of his critique of the gnostic systems. He is considered by many to be the first systematic theologian.A. The Man and His WorkB. Irenaeus and the GnosticsC. Unity
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Irenaeus, St. (c. 130–c. 200), Bp. of Lyons. Relatively little is known of his life, but as he heard *Polycarp as a boy, it is generally supposed that he was a native of Smyrna. He studied at Rome, and later became a presbyter of Lyons, in which capacity he was commissioned to take letters to Pope
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 130–c. 200)
Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 130–c. 200)St Irenaeus, whose name derives from the Greek word for peace, and who proved himself a peacemaker among his fellow bishops in the Paschal Controversies, is widely regarded as the first theologian of ecumenical stature. As a youth he heard Polycarp preach, which suggests
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Irenæus (St.).—Irenæus, born between 130–140 at Smyrna, in Asia Minor, had, from his earliest youth, the happiness of being instructed by St. Polycarp and other apostolic men. His deep attachment to the Christian doctrine did not prevent him from studying the Greek poets and philosophers, especially
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Irenaeus of Lyon
Irenaeus of Lyon (?–ca. 202). One of the main theologians of the ancient church. In the twentieth century the rediscovery of his theology, often ignored until then, produced movements of theological renovation in Catholicism as well as in Protestantism. In the latter, the rediscovery of I. was one of
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
IrenaeusIrenaeus (c. 130–c. 200) became bishop of Lyons in 180. Some regard him as the first theologian of the church. One of his distinctive qualities lies in his having roots in both the Eastern and the Western Church; he also had a possible oral link with the apostles through Polycarp. He urged observance
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Irenaeus, St. (c. 130–200). One of the greatest Christian theologians of the second century, Irenaeus was born in Asia Minor but ministered and ruled as bishop in Lyons, southern Gaul (modern-day France). His major extant work, titled Against Heresies, contains a scathing attack on Valentinian *Gnosticism.
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Volumes I–III
IRENAEUS (Εἰρηναῖος). 1. St., bishop of Lyon, in Gaul, during the latter part of the second century after Christ, seems to have been a native of Smyrna, or of some neighbouring place in Asia Minor. The time of his birth is not known exactly, but Dodwell is certainly wrong in placing it so early as
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
(1) Irenæus was bishop of Lyons in Gaul. His work entitled Against Heresies has come down to us, and in the writings of Eusebius we possess other fragments. An important letter to Florinus has also been preserved. The date of his literary activity may be put within the limits 173–190. He explicitly attributes
(a) Irenæus bears repeated testimony to the Apostle’s presence in Asia, and says explicitly:‘Afterwards’ (i.e. after the first three) ‘John the disciple of the Lord, who also lay on His breast, likewise published a Gospel while dwelling at Ephesus’ (adv. Hær. iii. 1). Polycarp was not only instructed
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
Irenaeus.—Very little is known of the early history of Irenaeus. He was probably born in Syria, and his great work, Against Heresies, appears to have been written towards the close of the 2nd century, during the episcopate of Eleutherus, who was succeeded as bishop of Rome by Victor about the year a.d.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L