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    26, 2015 THEO 60250: Intro to Early Church Themes within the Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp Martyrdom, having its prominence during the third and fourth centuries, lasted for approximately 300 years under many different rulers. Emperors were intolerant toward Christianity and responded by putting Christians on trial, asking them to deny their faith or lose their life. The Christian martyrs who clung to their Christian faith showed the Spirit at work with their depth of discipleship. Similar to the martyrdom of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Perpetua, and Felicity, Saint Polycarp exemplified themes of Liturgy, veneration of the martyrs, and imitation of Christ. However, the narrative of Polycarp’s martyrdom…

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    Polycarp Eulogy

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    Born in 69 A.D. and died in 155 A.D., Polycarp was raised Christian and elected Bishop of the Church at Smyrna. Not a very learned man; simple, but very much in love with the person of Jesus Christ and a friend of St. John the Evangelist, Polycarp defended Jesus’ humanity and divinity fighting against the Docetists and the Gnostics. Most remembered for his martyrdom, his death gives witness to Jesus human nature. Taken to Rome, Polycarp was condemned for his faith before a Roman audience. As…

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    Polycarp (ca. 69-ca. 155) a priest in the town of Smyrdom, Asia Minor, is the earliest known martyr since the New Testament. Significantly, Polycarp was the last surviving person to have known an apostle, having been a disciple of St. John. His life and testimony should serve as an example for all Christians to follow. He put his faith and trust in the Holy, Living God. Knowing, that worshiping the creator God would bring persecution. Yet despite this, he still worshiped his heavenly Father and…

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    Ignatius was a contemporary of Peter and Paul. According to tradition, he was a friend of Polycarp, it is believed that John taught Polycarp and Irenaeus, therefore these men were all disciple of John. Tradition holds that Peter and Paul left instructions that Ignatius should be made a bishop. Subsequently, he was consecrated bishop of Antioch. Legend holds that Ignatius was one of the children that Jesus received and blessed when He said, let the little children come to me. When he was the…

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    the work that they did. As a reader, they are bearing witness to these struggles and therefore getting closer to God as they read. This can also be compared to the hagiography of Polycarp (Polycarp) . Polycarp suffered by challenging imperial authority like Perpetua. Their Martyrdom shows the importance of early Christian writers in writing hagiographies. Although the dates are unclear on exactly when all of them were written this does not dampen the fact that its historically valid and…

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    father. Okonkwo has much more potential for greatness than what his father accomplished because his father accomplished nothing, “any wonder then that his son Okonkwo was ashamed of him? Fortunately, among these people a man was judged according to his worth and not according to the worth of his father. Okonkwo was clearly cut out for great things”(Achebe 8). Unoka was not hardworking or successful, which causes Okonkwo to be ashamed of him. Okonkwo knows he has the ability to succeed unlike his…

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    in about 150 in Athens which is also where he grew up. As an adult, he sought out truths from a number of teachers in Greece, Italy, Syria, Palestine, and finally Alexandria. While there he learned under Pantaenus, who taught Christianity in light of the scientific teachings of that time. In about 190 A.D., Clement opened his own “school” of teachings and philosophies. He taught a "new philosophy" that addressed the cultural and philosophical concerns of that time known as Gnosticism. Clement…

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    Also, martyrs such as St. Perpetua, who died by getting her throat slashed open, and St. Polycarp, who died by burning, inspired people with their faith and courage to convert to Christianity. Eventually this inspiration reached the emperor of the time, Constantine, and he too became a disciple of Christ. Constantine was converted when he was leading his troops into battle; he saw a symbol which looked like the intersection of the Greek letters chi and rho in the sky with the inscription in hoc…

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    In this section, I will introduce Irenaeus the person, his background, major work, and his knowledge of or at least a familiarity with Justin’s works, Ignatius’s works, Polycarp, and the Didache to show theological continuity in regards to the Eucharist. The introduction serves to place Irenaeus in his context and how his context influences his Eucharistic theology. Eucharistic Passages in Adversus Haereses In this section, I will analyze the Eucharistic passages in AH. I will evaluate…

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    First Epistle Analysis

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    was one of the disciples of Jesus, specifically an apostle. 2. The way he introduced Jesus as the manifested Word of life and as the Light in 1 John 1: 1-5 is similar with the way of the Gospel of John introduced Jesus in John 1: 1-5. 3. The similarity of teaching between those two writings, for example: the contrast of light and darkness, life and death, love and hate, and the theology of salvation; also the similarity of the words and phrases such as: abide, darkness, eternal life, new…

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