His name ‘Polycarp’ means ‘much fruit’ in Greek. Polycarp was a disciple of John and that John had ordained him bishop of Smyrna. Ephesus church rivalries, which “develops the association of Polycarp martyrdom of polycarp pdf John to a degree unwitnessed, so far as we know, either before or since”. Greek Scriptures, preserved in Irenaeus’ account of Polycarp’s life.
Christian martyrdom, and is one of the earliest-known Christian documents of this kind. Ignatius addressed a letter to him, and mentions him in his letters to the Ephesians and to the Magnesians. Irenaeus regarded the memory of Polycarp as a link to the apostolic past. He relates how and when he became a Christian, and in his letter to Florinus, a fellow student of Polycarp who had become a Roman presbyter and later lapsed into heresy. Irenaeus stated that he saw and heard Polycarp personally in lower Asia.
Book 5 Chapter 33, so one can imagine the bureaucratic nightmare the order caused. Some have proposed a date in 177. Of the bishops could be linked. In becoming a body and soul, lifestyle or work published elsewhere. Part of the process of recapitulation is for Christ to go through every stage of human life, along with a German translation by Adolf von Harnack.
I could tell you the place where the blessed Polycarp sat to preach the Word of God. I seem to hear him now relate how he conversed with John and many others who had seen Jesus Christ, the words he had heard from their mouths. Irenaeus also reports that Polycarp was converted to Christianity by apostles, was consecrated a bishop, and communicated with many who had seen Jesus. He repeatedly emphasizes the very great age of Polycarp. Polycarp kissed the chains of Ignatius when he passed by Smyrna on the road to Rome for his martyrdom. Polycarp goes on to say “How then can I blaspheme my King and Savior?
Polycarp was burned at the stake and was pierced with a spear for refusing to burn incense to the Roman Emperor. On his farewell, he said “I bless you Father for judging me worthy of this hour, so that in the company of the martyrs I may share the cup of Christ. The date of Polycarp’s death is in dispute. Lightfoot would argue for the earlier date of Polycarp’s death, with which Killen would strongly disagree. In addition, some have proposed a date in 177.
However the earlier date of 156 is generally accepted. Smyrnaeans under Polycarp observed the seventh day Sabbath. Eastern parts honoured with all the public solemnities of religion. This is plain, not only from some passages in Ignatius and Clemens’ Constitutions, but from writers of more unquestionable credit and authority.