Early Christian Apologists
1. Introduction to Justin Martyr
From a modern perspective, Justin would have to be the most important second century apologist. Given the survival of his two apologies (1 apol., 2 apol.) and his Dialogue with Trypho the Jew, a relatively comprehensive portion of his works have been preserved. Several aspects of his thought have had an influence on theological debate in later times. We know more about his life than many other second century figures. Justin‘s surviving works make it possible to reliably reconstruct his thought and teachings.