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Outside the New Testament, our earliest complete witness to Christian apologetic against the Jews remains the Dialogue with Trypho, written by Justin Martyr (d. ca. 165), a convert to Christianity from traditional Greek religion. The Dialogue purports to be a two-day dialogue that took place in Asia Minor between Justin and Trypho, a Hellenized Jew. Justin argues extensive ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Catholic University of America Press
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Evan Leach
This was a bit disappointing. I was impressed with Justin’s First Apology and Second Apology - the only other two extant writings from this second century Christian author. Both featured well constructed arguments, a good sense of logic, and a surprisingly strong literary sensibility. Dialogue with Trypho was much more of a slog.

The premise is that Justin, a Christian, is engaging a Jewish audience (led by Trypho) in an informal discussion about their respective faiths (although Justin does far
One of the early church classics, Dialogue with Trypho is written in the Platonic style (which is appropriate, given that Justin started out as a Platonist) as a letter to a friend of his relating a dialogue he had with a Jew named Trypho. In the course of the dialogue, we see
1) Justin's conversion narrative (which is one of the best from the ancient world).
2) Justin's thoughts on philosophy and the relationship between faith and reason.
3) The early church's apologetic attempt to reach out to th
There has been some debate on whether this account is fictionalized or if it came from the author's personal experience. I personally think this account is true.
Justin Martyr was a Philosopher and Plato follower, but his run in with a Jew changes his life and perspective on Christianity. This was absolutely fascinating to read since it was kinda like an intellectual debate from really long ago. :)
Oh, and because of His conversation with the Jew Trypho, Justin Martyr gives his life to Christ.
Justin Martyr's exegesis might not fit the standards of grammatical-historical method, but his theological commitments to the unity of the canon under the Christ event are timeless and should be emulated in every generation of interpretation. This is a good introduction into ante-Nicene exegesis and apologetics.
An inspiring example of a man who has memorized chapter upon chapter of Scripture which he uses to explain and defend the Gospel.

The best approach to apologetics I have read.
Tyson Guthrie
One of the most significant works of the 2nd Century, the Dialogue with Trypho offers a helpful demonstration of early Christian readings of the Old Testament.
Jan 11, 2009 Alcyone marked it as to-read
From the bits and pieces I read over Mariah's shoulders it sounds really good. This guy is a genius.
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Jacob O'connor
I've always been curious about the Jewish people. I think many Christians are. We wonder why Christianity is so unconvincing to them.

Justin Martyr was a second century Christian, and one of the faith's first apologists. Dialogue with Trypho recounts a conversation he had with a religious Jew. It might be our earliest non-biblical account of the conversations Christians had with Jews of that time.

Modern readers will recognize the seeds of many of the reasons believers offer to Jews for our fait
Tyler Stewart
Great translation based on the best critical text of Justin's Dialogue. Footnotes are a bit sparse but still informative. Particular attention is given to OT citations and their conformity and non-conformity to extant LXX readings. Bottom line: This is the best English edition of the Dialogue with Trypho.
Nick Jordan
Okay, it's ridiculous to give a rating to a book which has been read for 1700+ years, but this was worth the read for me.

Good for thinking on:
-The early church and Judaism contemporary to it
-Allegorical readings of Scripture (and Christian readings of the Hebrew Bible)
-Christian anti-Semitism
-Interfaith dialogue (no, NOT as a model)
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"Justin Martyr, also known as Saint Justin (c.100 – 165 CE), was an early Christian apologist, and is regarded as the foremost interpreter of the theory of the Logos in the 2nd century. He was martyred, alongside some of his students, and is considered a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Most of his works are lost, but two apologies and a dial
More about Justin Martyr...
The First and Second Apologies (Ancient Christian Writers) The First Apology of Justin Martyr, Addressed to the Emperor Antoninus Pius; Prefaced by Some Account of the Writings and Opinions of Justin The Writings of Justin Martyr The Second Apology of Justin Martyr Fragments of the Lost Work of Justin on the Resurrection (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1)

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