Bignham and Clayton Jefford

Candida moss on the dating of polycarp

In actual fact as we will

The second scholarly trend has been the broader tendency to see inter- textuality and historicity as contradictory. Nailing Down and Tying Up master narrative. How early Christians Invented a Dangerous Legacy. Reassessing Intertextuality in Polycarp In discussions of intertextuality in Polycarp, the critical moment has always been the supposed rupture with Christly imitation in the binding of Polycarp.

That need is met through a text that we now know only from the Life of Polycarp and the Letter of the Smyrnaeans. The construction of the text follows a letter format.

After all, if there is no pre- sumed relationship between the meaning of the text and the meaning of the intertext then the task of identifying the intertext is both pointless and impossible. Then there are the numerous accounts from the Church Fathers. Thus it is usually the well-educated audience member who is assumed to be able to catch the pertinent allusions.

We might compare this to

Implicit in this particular debate are concerns about the dating of canonical texts and the development of the New Testament canon. In many respects, the vision of Jesus mirrored in Polycarp is in good company with these texts. One further fact remains to be recorded.

Each of these assumptions is tied to a scholarly agenda preoccupied with canonical texts. That events and characters in Polycarp mirror those of the passion narratives has meant that, since the nineteenth century, scholars have challenged the authenticity of the events and, thus, C.

The iconic death of Socrates from which these parallels are adduced is not found in a single literary text. At Rome Nero was the first who stained with blood the rising faith. What we can imagine is how the Martyrdom of Polycarp would have been understood by audience members familiar with various other early Christian traditions.

Of such an end was the admirable and apostolic Polycarp deemed worthy, as recorded by the brethren of the church of Smyrna in their epistle which we have mentioned. From this it appears that Gaius, a contemporary of Irenaeus who had himself seen Polycarp when he was a boy, copied the text from a manuscript in the possession of Irenaeus. Yet even in more recent scholarship quo- tation lingers as an intertextual ideal.

We might compare this to notions of the infancy narratives. In actual fact, as we will see, the meanings of even the most foundational aspects of the passion narrative were constantly being interpreted. The greatest evidence is that all of the apostles save Judas and John were martyred. Studies on the Jewish and Chris- tian Apocalypses, ed.

The Later Christian Writings ed. The United States of Hobby Lobby. Nailing Down and Tying Up which the author made use. Lightfoot argues that the manuscripts of the Martyrdom of Polycarp have come to us by way of the Life of Polycarp.

Lessons in Intertextual Impossibility from the Martyrdom of Polycarp. For modern Americans, as for ancient Romans, this sounds either sinister or vaguely insane. Moreover, by the abruptness of its appearance an interpolation is suggested.