Fragments of Papias
Papias was an Apostolic Father, Bishop of Hierapolis (modern Pamukkale, Turkey). It was Papias who wrote the Exposition of the Sayings of the Lord. This work, which is lost apart from brief excerpts of Irenaeus of Lyons (ca. 180 AD) and Eusebius of Caesarea (ca. 320 AD), is an important early source on Christian oral tradition and especially on the origins of the canonical Gospels.
Year: 100-163 AD
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