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  1. Irenaeus; His life and Writings. We possess only scanty accounts of the personal history of Irenaeus. It has been generally supposed that he was a native of Smyrna, or some neighboring city, in Asia Minor. He himself tells us (3. 3, 4) that he was in early youth acquainted with Polycarp, the noted bishop or overseer of Smyrna.

  2. Irenaeus was a famous Greek apologist against the Gnostic movements of early Christianity, and the bishop of the Roman city of Lugdunum in the province of Gaul, presently Lyon, France. The foremost Christian theologian of the 2nd century, he is best known for his work ‘Adversus Haereses’ (Against Heresies), written circa 180 AD.

  3. May 03, 2010 · Irenaeus was born between 115 and 125 AD, in Smyrna (modern Izmir, in Turkey). Irenaeus often heard the aged Polycarp preach. Polycarp was a close associate of the apostle John, and Irenaeus treasured this close connection with an eyewitness of Christ's time on earth.

  4. Irenaeus. Irenaeus was born in Smyrna in Asia Minor ( ca 125-202 CE). Not much is certain about his early life, but it is believed that he was born into a Christian home. He was a student of Polycarp, who was a bishop in that city. Polycarp was supposedly a disciple of John the Apostle. Irenaeus was apparently very enamored with his teacher and ...

  5. Against Heresies (Ancient Greek: Ἔλεγχος καὶ ἀνατροπὴ τῆς ψευδωνύμου γνώσεως, Elenchos kai anatropē tēs pseudōnymou gnōseōs, "On the Detection and Overthrow of the So-Called Gnosis"), sometimes referred to by its Latin title Adversus Haereses, is a work of Christian theology written in Greek about the year 180 by Irenaeus, the bishop of Lugdunum ...

  6. Irenaeus added, “These things are borne witness to in writing by Papias, the hearer of John, and a companion of Polycarp [who was a disciple of the apostle John), in his fourth book” (AH 5.333.4). On the Canonicity of Scripture. Irenaeus cites freely from every major section of the Old Testament and from most of the books.

  7. Irenaeus, however, was apparently the first known leader to do so. Irenaeus may have deferred to it as many believe that it was written by the brother of the Roman "bishop" Pius. This was a dangerous compromise. And one of the most dangerous. One of the First to Write of Heaven as the Reward.

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