Fresh on RBECS review: Eric Covington (St Andrews) on The Intertextual Reception of Genesis 1-3 in Irenaeus of Lyons, by Stephen Presley.


“The book demonstrates both the intertextual nature of Irenaeus’ interpretation of Gen 1–3 and also the way in which Gen 1–3 affected Irenaeus’ interpretation of the rest of scripture. This is an important aspect of the early apologist’s disagreements with other Gnostic groups that saw some distinction between the God of creation in Gen 1–3 and the God of Jesus Christ. Irenaeus, as Presley explains, continually refers to Gen 1–3 in his reading of the biblical scriptures because these narratives are central to Irenaeus’ understanding of the entire scope of God’s activity in the world.”