Christian Teachers in Second-Century Rome

Schools and Students in the Ancient City

Gregory H. Snyder, Leiden: Brill, 2020


Essays in Christian Teachers in Second-Century Rome situate Christian teachers in the social and intellectual context of the Roman urban environment. The teaching and textual work of well-known figures such as Marcion, Justin, Valentinus, and Tatian are discussed, as well as lesser-known and appreciated figures such as Theodotus the Cobbler. Authors probe material and visual evidence on teachers and teaching activity, adopting different theoretical perspectives that go beyond the traditional “church – school” dichotomy: comparative looks at physicians, philosophers and other textual experts; at synagogues, shops and other sites where students gathered around religious entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, the volume makes a strong case for the sheer diversity of Christian teaching activity in second-century Rome.

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Table of contents

Introduction  p.1–11
Chapter 1 Jewish Teachers in Rome?  p. 12–31
Chapter 2 Were There Valentinian Schools? p. 32–44
Chapter 3 Esoteric Knowledge in Platonism and in Christian Gnosis  p. 45–59
Chapter 4 Visual Representations of Early Christian Teachers and of Christ as the True Philosopher  p. 60–83
Chapter 5 Christians as and among Writer-Intellectuals in Second-Century Rome.  p. 84–108
Chapter 6 Problems of Profiling Marcion  p. 109–133
Chapter 7 Justin Martyr as an Organic Christian Intellectual in Rome.  p. 134–157
Chapter 8 Tatian Theodidaktos on Mimetic Knowledge. p. 158–182
Chapter 9 Shoemakers and Syllogisms: Theodotus “the Cobbler” and His School. p. 183–204
Back Matter



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