29th June The Martyrdom of Polycarp
Friday, Dinner at 6:30pm, talk at 8:00pm
After the first evening on Polycarp’s Letter to the Philippians, Christian Classics, continues in June with the second evening on the great 2nd bishop Polycarp (in Smyrna, modern day Izmir, Turkey).
Polycarp is among the earliest Christians whose writings survived. His name ‘Polycarp’ means ‘much fruit’ in Greek. It is recorded by Irenaeus, who heard him speak in his youth, and by Tertullian, that he had been a disciple of John the Apostle. Saint Jerome wrote that Polycarp was a disciple of John and that John had ordained him bishop of Smyrna. With Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp is regarded as one of three chief Apostolic Fathers. According to David Trobisch, Polycarp may have been the one who compiled, edited, and published the New Testament. According to the Martyrdom of Polycarp he died a martyr at the age of 86, bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to touch him. The sole surviving work attributed to his authorship is his Letter to the Philippians; it is first recorded by Irenaeus of Lyons. The letter warns against a number of disorders in the church and against apostasy, and encourages the Christians to persevere in good works. One of the letter’s more important features is its use and citation of other early Christian writings, many of which later came to be part of the New Testament. [Wikipedia]
On the evening we will each receive a copy of the text. Fr Strengholt will give us a background on the work and then guide us in our reading of the text.
Please let David Vollmer know if you are coming so we can prepare enough materials and also if you intend to come for supper beforehand so we know how many meals to prepare for: firstname.lastname@example.org