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Didache, Epistle of Barnabas - Ancient Christian Writers #6

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Part of the acclaimed Ancient Christian Writers Series from Paulist Press. Volume 6.

 

The Didache or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, probably written before the end of the first century, purports to be an instruction based on sayings of the Lord and given by the Twelve Apostles to pagans who wished to become Christians. It is widely believed to be the oldest Christian writing, after the New Testament writings. The Epistle of Barnabas is a homily on the mistaken Judaistic conception of the Old Testament.The Epistles consist of a covering note and a letter, which is an exhortation to the Philippians on Christian life in general. The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp is the story of this bishop of Smyrna's death at the hand of the Roman authorities in Asia for the defense of the Christian faith.The Fragments of Papias. Papias, bishop of Hierapolis in Asia Minor, was the author of five books, entitled Exegesis of the Lord’s Gospel.The Epistle to Diognetus is an apology for Christianity, presented by an unknown writer to a pagan of high social or political rank.

 

 

Table of Contents: 6. The Didache, The Epistle of Barnabas, The Epistles and the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, The Fragments of Papias, The Epistle to DiognetusNewly Translated and Annotated by James A. Kleist, S.J., Ph.D.CONTENTSThe Didache, or the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles…1Introduction…3Text…15The Epistle of Barnabas…27Introduction…29Text…37St. Polycarp, Epistles to the Philippians…67Introduction…69Text:The First Epistle…75The Second Epistle…75The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp…83Introduction…85Text…90The Fragments of Papias…103Introduction…105Text…114The Epistle to Diognetus…125Introduction…127Text…135Notes…149The Didache…151The Epistle of Barnabas…166The Epistles of St. Polycarp…197The Fragments of Papias…204The Epistle to Diognetus…210Index…223 

 

 


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St. Barnabas the Apostle

St. Barnabas the Apostle Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/11


Patron Of: hail storms, Antioch, Cyprus, Marino, Italy

Also known as

    * Bernabé
    * Joseph

Memorial

    * 11 June

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    Levite Jewish convert, coming to the faith soon after Pentecost, taking the name Barnabas. Though not of the chosen Twelve Apostles, Barnabas is mentioned frequently in the Acts of the Apostles, is included among the prophets and doctors at Antioch, and is considered an Apostle. Companion of Saint Paul who introduced him to the Apostles. Like Paul, Barnabas believed in the Church‘s mission to Gentiles, and worked with him in Cyprus and Asia, but split with him over a non-theological matter. Evangelized in Cyprus with Saint Mark. Founded the Church in Antioch. Subject and possible author of some apocryphal works. Martyr.

Born

    * Cyprus as Joseph

Died

    * martyred in c.61 at Salamis
    * at the time of his death he was carrying a copy of the Gospel of Saint Matthew that he had copied by hand

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Name Meaning

    * son of encouragement; son of consolation

Patronage

    * against hailstorms
    * Antioch
    * Cyprus
    * invoked as peacemaker
    * Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
    * Marino, Italy

Representation

    * ax
    * lance
    * middle-aged bearded apostle, often bearing a book or olive branch
    * standing on or near a pile of stones while holding a book
    * stones
    * with Saint Paul



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St. Polycarp of Smyrna

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 02/23


Patron Of: Against Dysentery, Against Earache

Memorial
    23 February

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    Associate of, converted by, and disciple of Saint John the Apostle. Friend of Saint Ignatius of Antioch. Fought Gnosticism. Bishop of Smyrna (modern Izmir, Turkey). Revered Christian leader during the first half of the second century. The Asia Minor churches recognized Polycarp's leadership and chose him representative to Pope Anicetus on the question the date of the Easter celebration. Only one of the many letters written by Polycarp has survived, the one he wrote to the Church of Philippi, Macedonia. At 86, Polycarp was to be burned alive in a stadium in Smyrna; the flames did not harm him and he was finally killed by a dagger, and his body burned. The Acts of Polycarp's martyrdom are the earliest preserved reliable account of a Christian martyr's death. Apostolic Father.

Born
    c.69

Died
    stabbed to death c.155 at Smyrna
    body burned

Patronage
    against dysentery
    against earache



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