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The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians (Annotated)

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Of Polycarp's life little is known, but that little is highly
interesting. Irenaeus was his disciple, and tells us that "Polycarp was
instructed by the apostles, and was brought into contact with many who
had seen Christ" (Adv. Haer., iii. 3; Euseb. Hist. Eccl., iv. 14).

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Published March 22nd 2012 (first published 108)
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Jacob London
It's okay. Just a ton of scriptures strung together with minimal application. Only a few things were mentioned that I thought were worthy or writing down.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essentially a compilation of Scripture passages that was relevant to the audience at hand with minimal interjections and applications. This is perhaps one of the earliest documents outside the New Testament to survive. I was impressed with the reliance on Scripture demonstrated in it and the fact that the writer saw the Apostles speaking in unison with each other. Polycarp has traditionally been associated with John; however, he speaks in highest terms regarding Paul. The modern critical positio ...more
John Martindale
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, christian
I read that the epistle is believed to be written between 110 and 140AD. Within it was what seemed to be a number of references to Paul, and the Pastoral Epistles (which critical scholars think was written well after Polycarp's epistle), he also quoted John's epistles, Jesus from the gospels and I caught what seemed a mention from Hebrews and maybe even James. He considered it all to be scripture and gave praise for all of the apostles who laid down their lives for the gospels. Polycarp wrote th ...more
Philip Mcduffie
I have just been introduced to Polycarp so I was curious as to what his writings would look like. It is amazing to see his view of Scripture. There is no doubt that he believed the OT and NT to be the authoritative Word of God. Polycarp's whole epistle is christocentric and reminds you of the writings of the Apostles. This probably has to do with the fact that he skillfully weaves Scripture through every sentence of his writing. It is beautiful!
J.J. Richardson
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
So interesting getting insight on the formation of the early church and seeing the quotes of scripture from such an early source.
Jon Gill
As quick a read as most NT epistles, and covering very similar content in similar style. Yet this was my first extra-biblical epistle, and I found it fascinating that Polycarp, a disciple of St. John, already (early-mid 2nd century) is using dozens of direct quotes from NT epistles. He even refers to Ephesians, alongside Psalms, as "scripture." This is remarkable for skeptical arguments regarding dates of authorship and canon compilation, since the authorship and approximate dating here are even ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read with a Pastoral feel

Polycarp has a truly pastoral way of writing. His words read as a loving father or grandfather speaking to his beloved children. I appreciate the annotations back to scripture, since Polycarp's words are interwoven with scriptural references.
Highly recommend.
Karen Israel
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Exhortation

This is a quick easy read and his exhortations are very reminiscent of God's instructions through Paul. We serve a loving and supportive God. No matter how or when we leave this planet, God promises us heaven with Him. He always makes good on them too.
Hunter Q Lee
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great but short book to read. He was truly a disciple of the Lord and if John. I watch th movie about his life. It is dry inspiring.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
very important letters to early Christians. it's short and most certainly worth the reading!
William Alderman
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much Scripture
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent short letter from an amazing early bishop and martyr.
Emerson John Tiu Ng
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Short but very meaty...
Kody Masteller
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A straight forward letter to first century Christians. Polycarp is foundational.
Jacob Rush
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Polycarp is a G. Read on CCEL but I couldn't find any other version on Goodreads.
Elliot Lake
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great work, and a great exhortation to virtue.
Christian Proano
Knowing, then, that “God is not mocked,” we ought to walk worthy of His commandment and glory. In like manner should the deacons be blameless before the face of His righteousness, as being the servants of God and Christ, and not of men. They must not be slanderers, double-tongued, or lovers of money, but temperate in all things, compassionate, industrious, walking according to the truth of the Lord, who was the servant of all. If we please Him in this present world, we shall receive also the fut ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Letter to Smyrna Christians

Polycarp was a pupil of the Disciple John who taught him in the Christian faith. He spread the gospel and had great influence
in all the Western and Eastern churches of his day and in the following centuries through his writings. He suffered martyrdom as an old man. Because of faithful men like him the Church has maintained the teachings of Christ and continues to promulgate the true gospel given to us by the disciples of Christ and carried forward by those of like mind
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While Polycarp is believed to be a disciple of John, he speaks very highly of Paul. This is a practical letter that is flooded with New Testament quotations, which to us doesn't seem so unique. But to the readers during the time it was written, and where the New Testament hadn't been fully complied yet, it must have been life giving. One of the things that strikes me is that even though Polycarp wrote within the first fifty to hundred years after the apostles died, he still ascribed to them an a ...more
Ben Zornes
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, theology
Probably should have already read this, but glad I finally did. Really fascinating; full of New Testament quotations validating the fact that the NT canon was received AS scripture by the church right from the get-go. Gives great confidence that we do well to stand on the 66 books of the Bible as the authoritative (and closed) canon of Scripture.
JR McCravy
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-fathers
5 stars because it was written by a disciple of John, and an invaluable part of the corpus of the Early Fathers. The translation itself isn't particularly wonderful.
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Polycarp (Greek: Πολύκαρπος, Polýkarpos; Latin: Polycarpus; AD 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 and Church Father in the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches.


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