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The Martyrdom of Polycarp

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Saint Polycarp (69 – 155) was a 2nd century Christian bishop of Smyrna. According to the Martyrdom of Polycarp, he died a martyr, bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to touch him. Polycarp is regarded as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran Churches.

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Published June 22nd 2011 (first published December 19th 2010)
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Ben Zornes
Feb 04, 2016 Ben Zornes rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, absolutely a wonderful read. As a lover of Christian biography this is one of the first in Christian history, and Polycarp set the bar high for how a believer ought to face suffering, persecution and martyrdom. Here are my favorite two excerpts:

9:1 But to Polycarp, as he entered the arena, there came a voice from heaven, saying, Be strong, and play the man, O Polycarp.

11:1 But the proconsul said unto him, I have wild beasts; I will deliver thee unto them, unless thou repentest. But h
Christian Proano
Jan 02, 2015 Christian Proano rated it it was amazing
But when the adversary of the race of the righteous, the envious, malicious, and wicked one, perceived the impressive nature of his martyrdom, and [considered] the blameless life he had led from the beginning, and how he was now crowned with the wreath of immortality, having beyond dispute received his reward, he did his utmost that not the least memorial of him should be taken away by us, although many desired to do this, and to become possessors of his holy flesh. For this end he suggested it ...more
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