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Papias, bishop of Hierapolis in Phrygia, contemporary of Ignatius of Antioch (Ignatian Epistles; Eus. Hist. eccl. III 36.1) and the presbyter John of Ephesus (Eus. Hist. eccl. III 39.7), wrote an Interpretation of the Sayings of the Lord in five books. Except for a few quotations and excerpts accompanying (partially contradictory) statements about the author, the work has been lost; the most important fragments are preserved by Irenaeus of Lyon and Eusebius of Caesarea. Attempts to identify additional sources (Loofs, Siegert) have not been convincing. …

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Günther, Matthias, “Papias”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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