The Martyrdom of Polycarp is one of the works of the Apostolic Fathers, and as such is one of the very few writings from the actual age of the persecutions.Polycarp was Bishop of Smyrna. The letter as a whole takes influence from both Jewish martyrdom texts in the Old Testament and the Gospels. Furthermore, the Martyrdom of Polycarp promotes an ideology of martyrdom, by delineating the proper conduct of a martyr.
|Year Written: (Assumed)||150-160 AD|
|Scripture Type:||Apocrypha Martyrs|
Apocrypha Martyrs are works, usually written works, that are of unknown authorship, or of doubtful authenticity, or spurious, or not considered to be within a particular canon. The authors are martyrs, somebody who suffered persecution and death for advocating, renouncing, refusing to renounce, or refusing to advocate a belief or cause as demanded by the authorities of the time. This refusal to comply often led to punishment or execution.
|Further Reading:|| earlychristianwritings.com/text/martyrdompolycarp.html|
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