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Five Books of St. Irenaeus against Heresies


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Open a window onto the Gnostic controversy facing the church in the second century with one of the only surviving sources on the subject. This, the most important work of St. Irenaeus, examines and refutes the Gnostic teachings, providing a valuable description of Gnosticism as well as an important Christian theological work.

Bishop of Lyon and a disciple of Polycarp, Irenaeus wrote Against Heresies in order to “shortly and clearly set forth the meaning of those who are now teaching amiss, I mean of Ptolemy and his partisans, which school is a kind of efflorescence from that of Valentinus . . . showing how monstrous their assertions are, and how inconsistent with the Truth.” This five-volume work is an important piece of patristic writing for anyone studying church history, Gnosticism, and the development of Christian theology. This edition, part of the Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church, was translated by English priest and poet, John Keble.

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Looking for more on St. Irenaeus? Check out Life and Works of St. Irenaeus of Lyons (5 vols.), which includes an alternate translation of Against Heresies.

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  • Presents all five books of Irenaeus’ Against Heresies in English translation
  • Provides one of the only surviving sources on Gnosticism
  • Analyzes and refutes Gnostic teachings with orthodox Christian doctrine
  • Title: Five Books of S. Irenaeus against Heresies
  • Authors: Irenaeus, John Keble
  • Series: A Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church
  • Publishers: James Parker & Co., Rivingtons
  • Print Publication Date: 1872
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 618
  • Era: era:nicene
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Gnosticism › Controversial literature--Early works to 1800; Theology, doctrinal › Early works to 1800
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T15:43:56Z

Irenaeus of Lyons (AD 130–202) was bishop of Lyon in Gaul. He was an early Church Father and apologist. His work played a key role in forming Christian theology. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Irenaeus was born into a Christian family. He was a priest at Lyon and became bishop after Pothinus was martyred. He is recognized as a Saint by both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches.

About John Keble

John Keble (1792–1866) was an English poet and minister, and one of the early leaders of the Oxford Movement. He also published several books of poems and hymns, most famously The Christian Year. He also produced an edition of the works of Richard Hooker.


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  1. Dr. Karl Csaszar
  2. Kevin Bratcher
  3. David



  4. Philana Crouch
    While its true that there is a translation of this work that comes in the Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 1, this is a different translation (from what I can tell). Just like having 5 different English translations of the Apostolic Fathers can be helpful (Brenana, Lake, Lightfoot, Schaff, and Holmes) are helpful. Having more than one English translation of Irenaeus can be good.

  5. DAL



    Great I'm glad I read your post. I just cancelled since I already own it ;)

  6. Jacob Hantla

    Jacob Hantla


    Good if you don't already own Ante Nicene Fathers Volume 1 which includes this

  7. J.R. Miller

    J.R. Miller


    Good if you don't already own the Anti-Nicene Fathers, which comes in many of the Logos packages.


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