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Bibil Identifier bibil:249573
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Bardaisan's Influence on Late Antique Christianity
Author Possekel, Ute
Journal Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Volume: 21, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2018
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2018
Year (Copyright) 2018
Year (Reference) 2018
Language English
Pages 81-125 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article seeks to evaluate how the thought of Bardaisan of Edessa was received by later generations of Christians. The article shows that the Book of the Laws of Countries, a Syriac dialogue in which Bardaisan is the main interlocutor, exercised considerable influence in both the Greek- and Syriac-speaking worlds. Although later authors tended to denigrate Bardaisan’s views on fate and free will as an undue compromise, they nevertheless did not hesitate to borrow freely from his cogent anti-deterministic arguments and integrate them into their own discourses. But Bardaisan’s influence, especially in the Syriac-speaking regions, extended into other areas as well: his innovations in the realm of poetry and music, his astronomical calculations, his ethnographic discourse, and his anti-Marcionite polemics were all appreciated and adapted by subsequent authors. While it is well known that later Christians tended to malign Bardaisan’s thought, and especially his cosmology, as tainted with heresy, this article favors a more nuanced view: alongside the late antique rejection of Bardaisan runs a notable current of positive reception of his innovative contributions in the realms of science, music, and apologetics.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Sects and Schools : Bardaisanites : Bardaisan
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