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Irenaeus: In search of a good translation

Do any of my faithful readers know of a good translation of Irenaeus’ Against Heresies?  I’ve read it in the old Roberts translation in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers series, but I want something more servicable.  Who’s got the scoop for me?


  1. Ben wrote:

    As you may know, Balthasar put together his own anthology of Irenaeus’s writings, “The Scandal of the Incarnation: Against All Heresies.”

    And for an excellent overview of the Irenaean influence on vB, check out Mongrain’s “Systematic Thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar.”

    I only found one other English translation, which was done in 1992.

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
  2. Halden wrote:

    Yes, I actually have both of the Balthasar books you mention. I did see the Newman Publishing translation of AH, but alas, so far it’s only volume 1.

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
  3. Aaron G wrote:

    Halden, what you’re looking for is Robert Grant’s translation and biography in Routledge’s series. The title is simply Irenaeus of Lyons.

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
  4. Halden wrote:

    Yeah, I’ve got that one on order. I was just hoping that maybe a complete translation of AH might be coming out or something. Unlikely, I’m afraid.

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm | Permalink
  5. Phil Sumpter wrote:

    You can read the entire of Dominic Unger’s 1992 translation for free in Google Books here. It’s searchable too!

    Friday, March 28, 2008 at 5:36 am | Permalink
  6. nick wrote:

    Halden, If you do here of a new complete translation of AH, make sure to post about it. I’d love to get my hands on a copy.

    Friday, March 28, 2008 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  7. Andrew Bourne wrote:

    I do not know if this might be helpful have you had a look at Eric Osborne`s book on Irenaeus that might be of use

    Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 9:17 am | Permalink
  8. adamsteward wrote:

    Phil, like most of the new texts on Google books, this is only a preview. It shows you alot, but unfortunately omits many of the pages.

    Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 9:31 am | Permalink
  9. Phil Snider wrote:

    I’d also vote for the Grant edition. It is readable and its introduction was excellent.


    Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 11:47 am | Permalink

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