Allen Brent - Ignatius of Antioch: A Martyr Bishop and the origin of Episcopacy
Bloomsbury T&T Clark; 1 edition (August 23, 2007) | ISBN: 0567032000 | English | Pages: 192 | PDF | 9.48MB
Ignatius of Antioch (died c. 115) is one of the Apostolic Fathers of the Christian Church. In his letters to other churches he re-interpreted church order, the Eucharist and martyrdom against the backcloth of the Second Sophistic in Asia minor by using the cultural material of a pagan society. He so formed the idea and theology of the office of a bishop in the Christian church. This book is an account of the circumstances and the cultural context in which Ignatius constructed what became the historic church order of Christendom.