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Dialogue with Trypho (Selections from the Fathers of the Church)

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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
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
mainly good for Jews who don't believe Jesus is the Messiah, or Christian apologists/theologians who try to defend this area.
Tyson Guthrie
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-church
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 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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Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jacob O'connor
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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)
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the earliest apologetics for the Christian faith, Justin demonstrates a fluid and detailed knowledge of the OT, especially the Psalms. He clearly demonstrates that Jesus was the Messiah as foretold by the OT and that the church was the continuation of God's people. There is indication of overwrought symbolism and analogical hermaneutic, but not to point of distraction.
Jonathan Ward
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Fascinating to hear the type of apologetics that were used back in the time of the ancients. A whole lot of allegorizing as though it was spiritualizing; but aside from that enjoyable to hear so many Scriptures quoted. I was repeatedly shocked by the abrasive and yet compassionate way in which Justin referred to the Jews in general and before him.
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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 dia
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