Who wrote Martyrdom of Polycarp?

St Polycarp
Martyrdom of Polycarp

St Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna
Author Church Fathers
Subject Hagiography
Set in 2nd century
Published 4th century (Eusebius) 10th century (Latin manuscript) 10-13th century (Greek manuscripts)

What can we learn from Polycarp?

We Need Polycarp’s Pride in His Beliefs He perseveres, despite ridicule and impending violence. Christians need this kind of pride and perseverance today, in the face of so many assaults on our beliefs and way of life. We need to never be ashamed of our beliefs, no matter how unpopular or frequently derided.

When did Polycarp become a saint?

Polycarp was tried and executed as a criminal by the Roman empire in 155 C.E., becoming the 12th Christian martyr in Smyrna; the documentation of his martyrdom is an important document in the history of the Christian church.

When did Polycarp write to the Philippians?

Perhaps the most important thing to note at the outset is that Bauer adopts the theory of Harrison that advocated our current text is in fact a composite of two letters that both originally were written by Polycarp (P.N. Harrison, Polycarp’s Two Epistles to the Philippians, 1936).

What nationality was Polycarp?


How did Polycarp get his name?

From the Greek name Πολύκαρπος (Polykarpos) meaning “fruitful, rich in fruit”, ultimately from Greek πολύς (polys) meaning “much” and καρπός (karpos) meaning “fruit”. Saint Polycarp was a 2nd-century bishop of Smyrna who was martyred by being burned at the stake and then stabbed.

How long is the Didache?

The Didache is a relatively short text with only some 2,300 words.

When was Revelation written?

Almost all New Testament scholars now take the view that Revelation was written during the reign of Domitian, sometime around 95-96 CE. He is the “beast from the sea” beyond doubt.