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Epistle of Polycarp
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The letter of the church father Polycarp to the Philippians, concerning early church practices, inter-church relations, church order, and leadership. While never included in a canon list, this letter was accepted as authentic in the early church, and is part of a collection known as the Apostolic Fathers.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Polycarp, Letter of
Polycarp, Letter of The letter of the church father Polycarp to the Philippians, concerning early church practices, inter-church relations, church order, and leadership. While never included in a canon list, this letter was accepted as authentic in the early church, and is part of a collection known
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Polycarp, Epistle of
POLYCARP, EPISTLE OF. The primary source of our knowledge of Polycarp of Smyrna (traditionally ca. a.d. 69–155) is a letter which he wrote to the Church at Philippi early in the 2d century. See also POLYCARP, MARTYRDOM OF. The letter is not a distinguished document from a literary or theological point
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Polycarp, Epistle Of
Polycarp, Epistle ofThe so-called Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians is the only surviving text from the hand of the Christian martyr Polycarp, 2nd-century bishop of Smyrna. His prominence among the ancient churches of Asia Minor is renowned, as evidenced elsewhere by the portrayal of his death
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Polycarp, Epistle of (Writing)
Polycarp, Epistle of. *A letter by Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, to the church at Philippi ca. A.D. 11, the only writing of Polycarp that has survived. The letter served a dual purpose: first, as a cover letter for some correspondence of Ignatius that the Philippian church had requested, and second,
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
POLYCARP, EPISTLE OF
POLYCARP, EPISTLE OF. Polycarp, the bishop of SMYRNA for some decades, died a martyr’s death at age eighty-six (ca. 155–160 ce) and was a major figure in early 2nd-cent. Christianity. His life and ministry spanned the era from late apostolic times to the emergence of catholic Christianity.To the Philippians