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Celsus (Late 2nd Century)

Synopsis

CELSUS, a Greek philosopher who in the second century (about 178) wrote a book against the Christians, to which Origen replied with his Contra Celsum. Nothing is known either of the book or of the author, except what can be gathered from Origen's reply.

"CELSUS," Philip Schaff, ed., A Religious Encyclopaedia or Dictionary of Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology, 3rd edn., Vol. 1. Toronto, New York & London: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1894. p.426.

Primary Sources

On-line Resource Celsus' view of Christians and Christianity.
Book or monograph Henry Chadwick, Origen: Contra Celsum. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980. Pbk. ISBN: 0521295769. {Amazon.com}
Book or monograph Celsus: On The True DoctrineR. Joseph Hoffman, translator. Celsus: On The True Doctrine: A Discourse Against the Christians. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986. Pbk. ISBN: 0195041518. pp.160. {CBD} {Amazon.com}

Secondary Sources

Book or monograph C. Andresen, Logos and Nomos. Berlin: de Groyter, 1955.
Article in Journal or Book Silke-Petra Bergijan, "Celsus the Epicurean? The Interpretation of an Argument in Origen, Contra Celsum," Harvard Theological Review 94.2 (2001): 181-206.
On-line Resource Celsus, the First Nietzsche: Resentment and the Case Against Christianity (Thomas F. Bertonneau)
Article in Journal or Book G. T. Burke, "Walter Bauer and Celsus: The shape of Late Second Century Christianity," The Second Century, 4 (1984): 1-7.
Article in Journal or Book Henry Chadwick, "Origen, Celsus and the Resurrection of the Body," Harvard Theological Review 41 (1948): 83-102.
On-line Resource John Alfred Faulkner, “The First Intellectual Attack on Christianity,” Review & Expositor 15.2 (April 1918): 134-141. View in PDF format pdf [This material is in the Public Domain]
Book or monograph Questen: Patrology, Vol. 2Johannes Quasten, Patrology. Vol. 2. Utrecht / Westminster: Spectrum / Christian Classics, 1953. Pbk. ISBN: 0870610856. {CBD} {Amazon.com}
On-line Resource Celsus the Platonist (William Turner)
Article in Journal or Book Gerard Watson, "Celsus and the Philosophical Opposition to Christianity," Irish Theological Quarterly 58.3 (1992): 165-179.
Book or monograph Wilken: The Christians as the Romans Saw ThemRobert L. Wilken, The Christians as the Romans Saw Them. New Haven & London: Yale: University Press, 1984. Pbk. ISBN: 0300036272. pp.94-125. {CBD} {Amazon.com}
On-line Resource Edward J. Young, "Biblical Criticism in the Second Century" (Pd.D. diss., The Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, 1943).View in PDF format pdf [Reproduced by permission of the current copyright holder]
On-line Resource Edward J. Young, "Celsus and the Old Testament," Westminster Theological Journal 6.2 (May 1944): 166-197. View in PDF format pdf [Reproduced by kind permission of the copyright holder]

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