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Ignatius of Antioch & Polycarp of Smyrna (Early Christian Fathers) Paperback – November 5, 2009
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The book begins with a series of introductory essays which provide overviews of Ignatius's and Polycarp's lives (and deaths) as well as their theology. Howell does an admirable job of putting their writings in context, both historically and theologically. He pays particular attention to how these writings influenced the later development of theology, showing the continuity between these early saints and the theological tradition which developed after them. For example, he examines how Ignatius's theology of the Church provides the seeds for the eventual description of the Church in the Nicene Creed as "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic."
The introductory essays also provide a synopsis of current debates on the interpretation of these two theologians; while Howell makes his own position very clear, he also acknowledges, briefly describes, and references alternative viewpoints. This allows the reader to make more informed judgments about the theology of Ignatius and of Polycarp, while giving the more serious student the information needed to study the different interpretations in more depth.
The translation and commentary comprises the seven letters of Ignatius, Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians, and The Martyrdom of Polycarp.Read more ›
The essay chapters themselves cover a number of topics. Two that I particularly enjoyed included the one on "The Martyrdom of Ignatius". It explains the events leading up to Ignatius' martyrdom as well his viewpoints on it. Ignatius readily accepts martyrdom to the point of "desiring" it. He refers to it as a "sacrificial offering" and himself as a "substitute soul" as a sacrificial martyrdom for Christ and his church. The next was the one titled "The Church in the Ignatian Letters.Read more ›
These are the writings of two early fathers of the church that knew the apostles (St. Ignatius of Antioch). Through their writings we have a unique window into what the church look in its infancy. The Letters of Antioch are moving testimony of someone who was deeply in love with Christ and his Church.
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Mr. Howell's Roman Catholic bias has blinded him to the fact that Ignatius of Antioch talked out of both sides of his mouth. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Tomb Guard #39
I was looking for an unbiased view of the early church and what was taught. And what I found in this book was a heavily biased catholic version. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by BrotherMike57
Great book! This should be read by all ministers of the gospel looking for the ONE and only Church that Jesus started over 2000 years ago.Published on April 10, 2013 by James E. Uline