(130-200AD) There are five fragments attributed to Irenaeus that are available in the ANF collection that deal with the resurrection of the dead. Two of these are relevant in the determination of his view on the doctrine of the transmigration of the soul. (The others are 28, 35, and 50.) The first fragment gives a general summary of the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of the dead. The significance of this fragment lies near its end, where the actions of man are once again bound both to the soul and to the body. The body that participated with the soul is therefore to be judged with the soul – not apart from it, as the doctrine of reincarnation would require (cf. comments on “Against Heresies”). The second fragment goes beyond the argumentation provided in “Against Heresies”. Here Irenaeus asserts that the body and the soul are produced at the same time – directly negating any views that would require the existence of either the body or the soul to precede it’s counterpart. Thus, a central requirement of reincarnation is explicitly denied: the possibility of the soul’s existence prior to its reincarnation. While the authorship of the following extracts may not be as firmly established for these fragments as they are for his principle works, (and should not, therefore, be used as a primary source for the determination of his position,) Irenaeus’ position on the issue of the transmigration of souls has already been conclusively determined in his principle works, and therefore is not in doubt. This material does, however, serve well as a supplement to the assessment previously established.

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