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Ignatian Epistles
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I. Ignatius of Antioch – II. Transmission and authenticity – III. Themes

I. Ignatius of Antioch

According to Eusebius of Caesarea (Hist. eccl. III 36) Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, second in succession to Peter (the Disciple), was sent from Syria to Rome to die as a Martyr. On his journey he wrote seven letters to give thanks to the Christian communities that supported him and to exhort them to maintain unity, avoiding heretical tendencies (namely Judaism and Docetism). From Smyrna…

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Dehandschutter, Boudewijn, “Ignatian Epistles”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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