Docetism in the Early Church 978-3-16-154084-4 - Mohr Siebeck

Docetism in the Early Church

The Quest for an Elusive Phenomenon
Ed. by Joseph Verheyden, Reimund Bieringer, Jens Schröter, and Ines Jäger

[Doketismus in der frühen Kirche. Auf der Suche nach einem flüchtigen Phänomen.]

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The present volume studies various facets of the search for traces of Docetism in the way early Christian sources, among these the gospels, the Johannine literature and several second-century authors, present the incarnation, the Eucharist, Jesus' suffering, and the person of Jesus as a divine figure.
This volume studies the ways modern research has tried to detect traces of Docetism in ancient sources, including the gospels and the Johannine epistles and several second-century authors. As a concept, Docetism is often used in scholarly literature for denoting loosely connected or even quite different phenomena or doctrines that all have to do with defining the nature of Christ and the reality of the incarnation and passion of Jesus. The essays presented here approach the topic from a new angle by focusing on the ancient documents themselves instead of staying on a purely theoretical or dogmatic level, while at the same time critically re-examining the historical contexts in which these were produced and first circulated. In some cases, this serves to once more reveal the hidden agendas that have guided modern scholars in their discussion of these topics.
Survey of contents
Joseph Verheyden: Introduction – Allen Brent: Can There be Degrees of Docetism? – Jörg Frey: »Docetic-like« Christologies and the Polymorphy of Christ: A Plea for Further Consideration of Diversity in the Discussion of »Docetism« – Francis Watson: Pauline Reception and the Problem of Docetism – Paul Foster: Christophany Stories in the Synoptic Gospels and Docetism – Jens Schröter: Eucharistie, Auferstehung und Vermittlung des ewigen Lebens: Beobachtungen zu Johannes und Ignatius (mit einem Ausblick auf Justin, Irenäus und das Philippusevangelium) – Reimund Bieringer: The Passion Narrative in the Gospel of John: A Hotbed of Docetism? – Maarten J.J. Menken: The Secessionists of the Johannine Epistles and Docetism – Alistair C. Stewart: Ignatius' »Docetists«: A Survey of Opinions and Some Modest Suggestions – Paul Anthony Hartog: The Impact of the Christological Controversies: Comparing the Ignatian Kerygma and Romans 1 – Dominika Kurek-Chomycz: »… the Flesh of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, Which suffered for Our Sins«: The Early Christian »Dying for« Formula, Suffering, and the Eucharist in IgnSm 7:1 – Taras Khomych: Conflicting Choreographies? Dance as Doctrinal Expression in Ignatius' Ephesians 19 and Acts of John 94–96 – Winrich Löhr: A Variety of Docetisms: Valentinus, Basilides and Their Disciples

Joseph Verheyden is Professor of New Testament at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the KU Leuven, and Research Associate at NWU, Potchefstroom (South Africa).

Reimund Bieringer is Professor of New Testament Studies in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven.

Jens Schröter Geboren 1961; 1982–89 Studium der Ev. Theologie in Jena, Heidelberg und Berlin; 1992 Promotion; 1996 Habilitation; Professuren in Erfurt (1997–98), Hamburg (1998–03) und Leipzig (2003–09); seit 2009 Professor für Exegese und Theologie des Neuen Testamentes sowie die antiken christlichen Apokryphen an der Theologischen Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Gastprofessuren u.a. in Houston, Jerusalem und Oslo.

Ines Jäger is a PhD student at KU Leuven and HU Berlin.


The following reviews are known:

In: Reading Religion — (4/2020) (Kevin Clarke)
In: Journal of Ecclesiastical History — 70 (2019), S. 329–331 (James Carleton Paget)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (9/2019) (charles E. Hill)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 62 (2018), S. 539
In: — (Zoran Andric)