St. Irenaeus Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Hitchcock, F. R. Montgomery. “The Creeds of SS. Irenaeus and Patrick.” Hermathena 14 (1907): 168-82.

Compares the contents of the creeds of the two saints and argues that Irenaeus belongs to the Greek school of thought and Patrick to the Latin school.

———. “The Apostolic Preaching of Irenaeus and Its Light on His Doctrine of the Trinity.” Hermathena 14 (1907): 307-37.

Studies the German translation of Irenaeus's Proof of the Apostolic Preaching and responds to the German editor's criticisms of the text, particularly those related to Irenaeus's conception of the relationship between God, the Son, and the Spirit.

———. “The Apostolic Preaching of Irenaeus.” Journal of Theological Studies 9 (January 1908): 284-89.

Summarizes the main points of Irenaeus's tract and reviews its literary influences and parallels.

———. Irenaeus of Lugdunum: A Study of His Teaching. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1914, 373 p.

Comprehensive introduction to the ideas of Irenaeus as exhibited in his works.

Means, Stewart. “Irenaeus and the Catholic Church.” In Saint Paul and the Ante-Nicene Church: An Unwritten Chapter of Church History, pp. 123-202. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1903.

Examines the influences that shaped the Catholic Church during Irenaeus's day and analyzes the saint's own influence on the Church's development.

Minns, Dennis. “An Outstanding Christian Thinker?,” in Ireneus, pp. 132–40. London: Geoffery Chapman, 1994.

Assesses the significance of Irenaeus as a theologian and maintains that, while his thinking is not particularly original, Irenaeus successfully undertook an enormous endeavor in presenting a picture of second-century orthodox Christian thought. Minns characterizes the theologian's ideas as optimistic and confident.