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Martyrdom In Ignatius Of Antioch’s Epistle To The Romans

In our previous discussion of the Ignatius of Antioch’s Epistle to the Romans [1], we briefly noted that this letter standards apart from the other six letters from the author on two grounds.  For one, this letter is the only … Continue reading

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On (Not) Writing To Bishops In The Letters Of Ignatius Of Antioch

Ignatius of Anticoh is one of the most intriguing and certainly controversial of the Apostolic Fathers, and one of the areas of controversy that is particularly notable is his choice of recipients of his letters.  On the course of his … Continue reading

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The Citation And Reference To Sources Within The Epistle Of Polycarp To The Philippians

As we have previously noted, Polycarp was not particularly known as an original writer.  He did, of course, write a fateful letter to the Bishop of Rome [1] and he is well known for his martyrdom in Smyrna as well … Continue reading

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Polycarp Of Smyrna: The Unsung Hero Of The Apostolic Fathers

When we look at the selection of texts that is known (however accurately) by the title of the Apostolic Fathers, Polycarp plays a large role in these collections.  It would not be an exaggeration to claim that Polycarp [1] is … Continue reading

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The Portrayal Of The Jews In The Martyrdom Of Polycarp

One of the consistent aspects of the Apostlic Fathers that bears considerable scrutiny is the nearly universally negative portrayal of Jews and Judaism in them [1].  At times this portrayal is somewhat crude and at times it is relatively seriously … Continue reading

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The Martyrdom Of Polycarp As Genre Template

Given the importance of martyrdom to Christianity of all kinds, it is perhaps unsurprising that one of the earliest works of the Apostolic Fathers was a martyrdom narrative, specifically the martyrdom of Polycarp [1].  It is perhaps surprising that it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ancestral Journeys

Ancestral Journeys:  The Peopling Of Europe From The First Venturers To The Vikings, by Jean Manco As I was reading this book I was a bit unsure of what to think and how to feel about it.  I am certainly … Continue reading

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Book Review: Exploring Prehistoric Europe

Exploring Prehistoric Europe, by Chris Scarre I found this to be an odd but mostly enjoyable volume, and the oddness I found in it is rather instructive.  This book sits at an unusual point, and that is that it is … Continue reading

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Real And Fictive Audience In The Epistle To Diognetus

The Epistle of Diognetus is one of the more obscure works of the Apostlic Fathers, and it is notable in large part for being the first known apologetic work among those who professed Christianity.  Apologetic works are unusual for a … Continue reading

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The Issue Of Identity And Pseudonymity In The Epistle Of Barnabas

Would the Epistle of Barnabas be known or cared about at all aside from those who like obscure ancient literature if its reputed author did not have the same name as one of the Bible’s most beloved apostles?  Although the … Continue reading

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