A Critical History Of Christian Literature And Doctrine From The Death Of The Apostles To The…

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bySir James Donaldson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1864 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. POLYCARP. Life. J. HE knowledge which we have of Polycarp rests on two authorities---the writings of Irenseus, and a letter sent by the church in Smyrna to a neighbouring church. Various other notices occur in other writers, but all of these which have any foundation are founded on the statements of Irena3us. We shall therefore examine these first. From,a letter which Irenseus sent to Florinus on doctrinal points, and which Eusebius has preserved, we learn that he had access to the best sources of information with regard to Polycarp. "While I was yet a boy," he says, "I saw you in Lower Asia with Polycarp, pursuing a brilliant career in the royal court, and trying to be well pleasing to him. For I remember the occurrences of those days better than the more recent (for instructions which we receive in childhood grow up with our soul and become one with it); so that I can tell even the spot in which the blessed Polycarp sat and conversed, and his outgoings and incomings, and the character of his life, and the form of his body, and the conversations which he held with the multitude; and how he related his familiar intercourse with John and the rest who had seen the Lord, and how he rehearsed their sayings, and what things they were which he had heard from them with regard to the Lord and his miracles and teaching. All these things Polycarp related in harmony with the writings, as having received the"m from the eyewitnesses of the Word of life. Those things then I was in the habit of eagerly hearing through the mercy given me hy God, storing them up, not on paper but in my heart; and always I ruminate over them faithfully through the grace of God. And I can bear witness before God, that if that blessed and apostolic presbyter had heard any such thi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1864 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. POLYCARP. Life. J. HE knowledge which we have of Polycarp rests on two authorities---the writings of Irenseus, and ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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