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By Aryeh Kofsky

Facing the topic of apologetics and polemics opposed to the pagans in Eusebius of Caesarea (c. 260-340), this quantity discusses his reaction to the political, cultural and non secular crusade introduced opposed to Christianity in his time.

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I n f a c t , it w a s P o r p h y r y w h o p r o v e d t h a t t h e Book of Zoroaster, a forgery. 97 Given this b a c k g r o u n d , a text sacred to gnostics, was it is e a s y t o u n d e r s t a n d p h y r y ' s a n t i - C h r i s t i a n zeal, especially in his a t t a c k s o n S c r i p t u r e . 98 geted by Plotinus. 100 become tar- community in R o m e , w h e r e P l o t i n u s a n d his disciples lived, m a y h a v e impelled His Perhaps C h r i s t i a n s w e r e i n c l u d e d in the g e n e r a l c a t e g o r y of "gnostics" 99 Por- further Porphyry p a r t o f life i n city,101 v e n e r a t i o n of t h e g o d s h a d d e c l i n e d .

1 1 1 4 ‫ ) ־‬. ter b o t h e r e d Christian c o m m e n t a t o r s long afterwards, to the and This mat- extent t h a t s o m e c l a i m e d t h a t t h e m a n n a m e d C a i p h a s in t h e epistle was n o t r e a l l y P e t e r b u t s o m e o n e else. J e r o m e o p p o s e d s u c h v i e w s ( C o m - 111 F. 25. J e r o m e also mentions "the stupid Porphyry" (stultus Porphyrins) (Epistle 130, 14). Epistle 109, 3). See Harnack, Against the Christians, p. 55. m e n t a r y o n G a l a t i a n s 1,2; F .

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