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Ignatius of Antioch A Martyr Bishop and the Origin of Episcopacy

by Allen Brent

Ignatius of Antioch A Martyr Bishop and the Origin of Episcopacy Synopsis

This title presents an account of the circumstances and the cultural context in which Ignatius constructed what became the historic church order of Christendom. Ignatius of Antioch (died c. 115) is one of the Apostolic Fathers of the Christian Church. In his letters to other churches he re-interpreted church order, the Eucharist and martyrdom against the backcloth of the Second Sophistic in Asia minor by using the cultural material of a pagan society. He so formed the idea and theology of the office of a bishop in the Christian church.Allen Brent defends the authenticity of the Ignatian letters by showing how the circumstances of Ignatius' condemnation at Antioch and departure for Rome fits well with what we can reconstruct of the internal situation in the Church of Antioch in Syria at the end of the first century. Ignatius is presented as a controversial figure arising in the context of a church at war with itself. Ignatius constructs out of the conflicting models of church order available to him one founded on a single bishop that he commends to Christian communities through which he passes in chains as a condemned martyr prisoner.

Ignatius of Antioch A Martyr Bishop and the Origin of Episcopacy Press Reviews

'This is a highly significant volume, which is accessible to scholar, student, and interested reader alike. Undoubtedly in will alter many perceptions concerning Ignatius and it will make an important contribution to future discussions.' Paul Foster, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, UK 'A major contribution to Ignatian studies.' The Tablet

Book Information

ISBN: 9780567222640
Publication date: 29th January 2009
Author: Allen Brent
Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Christianity, Theology,

About Allen Brent

Professor Allen Brent, formerly Professor in History, James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia, now member of the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge and Senior Member of St. Edmund's College. His books include Cultural Episcopacy and Ecumenism (Brill 1992), Hippolytus and the Roman Church in the Third Century (Brill 1995), The Imperial Cult and the Development of Church Order (Brill 1999).

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