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- DescriptionThe study of Ignatius of Antioch has for several centuries been chiefly concerned with two enigmas relating to the corpus of literature associated with him: authorship and date. This book goes beyond these issues in that it evaluates the meaning and purpose of these letters on their own terms in an attempt to better understand the background and the exigencies that helped produce them. By evaluating how homoia was used in a variety of contexts and comparing these uses with those in Ignatius of Antioch, this book provides a fresh approach to his letters. Broken by the discord in his own church and shamed with a difficult journey to an igminious death, Ignatius sought to admonish the church members with whom he had contact - almost as if it were a last testament - to avoid schism by staying united and by submitting to the bishop, presbyters, and deacons appointed over them. These letters were written out of the context of Ignatius' experiences of discord. Thus, concord, unity, and submission to the leaders were such overriding concerns for him as he made his way across the empire to Rome, where he died as a martyr.
- Author BiographyThe Author: John-Paul Lotz earned his B.A. in history at the University of Richmond in Virginia, his Master's in Divinity at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Alabama, and his Ph.D. in Patristics at Cambridge University in England. He has studied and done research at the University of Muenster in Germany as well as at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at the University of Vienna. He is currently Lecturer in Church History at the London School of Theology and a Baptist minister in Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
- Author(s)John-Paul Lotz
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/03/2007
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Series TitlePatristic Studies
- Series Part/Volume Number8
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight590 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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