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A Reassessment of Early Ecclesial Opposition to the Johannine Corpus 
Author: Scott Manor
In this work T. Scott Manor provides a new perspective on a common view, known as the ‘Johannine Controversy’, which maintains that the early church once tried to jettison the Gospel and Apocalypse of John as heretical forgeries.
Primary evidence comes from Epiphanius of Salamis, who mentions a heretical group with such views, the Alogi. This along with with other evidence from sources including Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Origen, Eusebius, Photius, Dionysius bar Salibi, Ebed-Jesu and others has led to the conclusion that a certain Gaius of Rome led the Alogi in this anti-Johannine campaign. By carefully examining Epiphanius’ account in relation to these other sources, Manor arrives at very different conclusions that question whether any such controversy ever existed at all.
Author: T. Scott Manor

Abstract

The question of whether or not Papias recorded anything about John’s Gospel has garnered a lot of attention in the scholarly realms of New Testament and Patristics alike. Most notably, Charles E. Hill has recently argued that a portion of Eusebius’ testimony (HE 3.24.5-13) on the origins of the Gospel of John derives from the record of Papias. Aspects of Hill’s proposal are largely convincing, particularly the links he draws between Eusebius’ testimony and other writers who knew the Papian tradition. However, Hill has overestimated the influence of Papias on Eusebius’ account and missed a crucial, albeit subtle, correction by Eusebius against his hero, Origen. This article suggests that the argument for Gospel compatibility found in 3.24.8b-13 is Eusebius’ own direct response to the criticisms raised by Origen that the divergent chronology of the Gospel of John demonstrates its historical unreliability.

In: Vigiliae Christianae
In: Epiphanius’ Alogi and the Johannine Controversy 
In: Epiphanius’ Alogi and the Johannine Controversy 
In: Epiphanius’ Alogi and the Johannine Controversy 
In: Epiphanius’ Alogi and the Johannine Controversy 
In: Epiphanius’ Alogi and the Johannine Controversy 
In: Epiphanius’ Alogi and the Johannine Controversy 
In: Epiphanius’ Alogi and the Johannine Controversy 
In: Epiphanius’ Alogi and the Johannine Controversy