The Apologists

  • Is Trypho a plausible Jew?
  • Are Justin’s Apologies historically credible?
  • Do the Christian apologists owe more to Jewish or to Greek philosophy?
  • Did second-century Christian writers embrace or reject Hellenistic culture?
  • How do the doctrinal emphases of the Apologists relate to Christian thought of the second century more generally? Illustrate with reference to christology, eschatology and/or biblical interpretation?
  • How persuasive are the moral arguments of the Apologists?