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Title: From the Lost Teaching of Polycarp: Identifying Irenaeus' Apostolic Presbyter and the Author of "Ad Diognetum"
Author: Hill, Charles E
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9783161486999
Volumes: 1; Pages: ix, 207
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This book significantly expands our understanding of the life and work of Polycarp of Smyrna. Part One establishes that the anonymous "apostolic presbyter," whose oral teaching is cited intermittently by Irenaeus in Against Heresies 4.27.1 through 4.32.1, is in fact Polycarp. The fragments of teaching preserved by Irenaeus shed valuable light upon his relationship with Polycarp, establishing that Irenaeus' contact with his teacher was neither fleeting nor shallow. They also reveal Polycarp's important role in opposing the early effects of the Marcionite movement and gain a valuable perspective on Polycarp's Old Testament hermeneutic in the face of ecclesiastical controversy. Part Two considers the many links that would tie Polycarp to the work known as Ad Diognetum. Charles E. Hill proposes that the work is not a treatise but the transcript of an oral address. A new proposal is made for the identity of Diognetus, the addressee, based upon archaeological evidence of an aristocratic Smyrnaean family of the second century.ContentsPrefaceAbbreviationsPart One Polycarp Contra Marcionem Irenaeus' Presbyterial Source in AH 4.27-32 IntroductionChapter 1: The Identity of the Presbyter Introduction A. The Presbyter of Against Heresies 4.27-32 Excursus: The Royal Court B. Polycarp and the Catalogue of Heresies in 1.23-27Chapter 2: The Content of Polycarp's Anti-Marcionite Teaching A. Irenaeus' Argument B. The FragmentsChapter 3: Implications of Identifying Polycarp and the Presbyter Introduction A. With Regard to Iranaeus B. With Regard to Polycarp C. With Regard to MarcionPart Two Polycarp ad Diognetum Polycarp as Author of the ad Diognetum Chapter 4: The Form and Character of the ad Diognetum Introduction A. An Oral Address outside a Judicial Context B. The Unity of the ad DiognetumChapter 5: The Case for Polycarp as Speaker, Diognetus as Hearer A. Correspondence with the Example of Polycarp B. Chapters 11-12: Disciple of Apostles C. Correspondences with Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians D. Correspondences with the Martyrdom of Polycarp E. Correspondences with the Presbyter of AH 4.27-32 F. Correspondences with the Letter to Florinus G. Correspondences with Irenaeus and Hippolytus H. Clues from the Transmission History of the ad Diognetum I. The Identity of DiognetusChapter 6: Reflections Introduction A. The Form and Character of the ad Diognetum B. The Connection with Polycarp C. Aspects of Polycarp's PersonaBibliography Editions and Translations Secondary SourcesIndexes Sources Modern Authors Subjects