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Geoffrey S. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Biblical Greek and Christian Origins at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a PhD  from Princeton University and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School. He is a scholar of the New Testament and Early Christianity. His research has been covered by many media outlets, including CNN, the BBC, and the New York Times.  

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Who were the Valentinians and what did they believe? Valentinian Christianity: Texts and Translations brings together for the first time all the extant texts composed by Valentinus and his followers. With fresh, carefully annotated translations throughout and new transcriptions of the original Greek, Latin, and Coptic on facing pages, Geoffrey S. Smith provides an illuminating, balanced overview of Valentinian Christianity and its formative place in Christian history.

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Where did the concept of heresy come from? Few literary innovations have exercised as much influence upon Christian attitudes toward internal diversity as has the practice of organizing the names and alleged misdeeds of rival teachers into heresy catalogues. For two millennia, followers of Jesus have employed the heresy catalogue as a powerful weapon in internal struggles for legitimacy, authority, and supremacy. Despite its enduring popularity and influence within the Christian tradition, the heresy catalogue remains an underappreciated polemical genre among historians of early Christianity.


December 2017

Manuscript Discovery


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CNN: Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery.

November 2015

Manuscript Discovery

November 2015

Manuscript Discovery

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