Scripture Wars

How Justin Martyr Rescued the Old Testament for Christians

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About a century after Jesus died, a battle began for the Old Testament. Large numbers of faithful Christians fought about its contents and even about its right to be called a Christian book!

On one side, many Jewish converts charged Paul and most of the other Apostles with a “Great Apostasy,” a pulling away from the deep roots of their Jewish tradition. This, they argued, endangered the souls of believers everywhere. They sought to retain intact the strict practices and teachings of the Old Testament and to integrate more of them into the still new and developing Christian Faith.

On the other side, Marcionite Christians held such antipathy toward the Old Testament that they advocated leaving it behind entirely. They even sought to purge from the New Testament practices and notions they judged too friendly to Jewish ideas.

The outcome of this conflict would affect nearly every aspect of the new Christian Faith — and the daily lives of believers everywhere, for centuries to come.

Who won these crucial, climactic Scripture Wars?

God did, of course — but not without raising up a great saint whose keen mind and deep faith expelled from Christianity both false understandings of how the gentle, loving God of the New Testament relates to the often-stern God of the Old.

That saint was Justin of Neapolis, known today as St. Justin Martyr. These pages tell the surprisingly exciting tale of Justin’s encounters with these vigorous early heresies that threatened to paralyze the young Church just as she was struggling to her feet.

Scripture Wars is an inspiring, true-life testimony to our Father’s providence, a tale that has the power to strengthen the faith of Catholics even today, eighteen centuries later.

  • Pages: 336
  • Format(s): Sale-priced ppbk, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-030-8
  • Product Code: 0308s
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Excellent!
I was astonished and positively impressed. His discussion about the role of the Old Testament laws will surprise more than one reader. As I said, astonishing! I highly recommend the book!
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Unique Perspective!
I found the book very interesting. I never really realized the importance of Justin Martyr in the church and his role in the canon of scripture. I found Justin's argument that the laws of Deuteronomy were meant to be temporary very fascinating.
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Highly Engaging!
found this book to be endlessly fascinating. So much history that we really need to know about the Old Testament, its meaning for Christians and for the Jewish people after the destruction of the Temple. Justin Martyr, who has never been given enough credit for his clear cut explanation of why he (and we) believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Savior. He was able to link the Old with the New just as Jesus and the Apostles taught. This book was written in an engaging manner and is clear enough for anyone to pick up and read. This is the fourth book by Rod Bennett that I have read and the fourth book I highly recommend.
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