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Several ancient sources document the contributions of Polycarp to Christianity, including his letters written to the church at Philippi, in which he encourages the members to remain strong in their faith and to flee from materialism.
Polycarp served as the bishop of the church at Smyrna (modern day Izmir), and was recognized as one of the early combatants of Christian heresies.
Polycarp was arrested on the charge of being a Christian -- a member of a politically dangerous cult whose rapid growth needed to be stopped.
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 Polycarp to the Philippians
Polycarp resided in Asia Minor as bishop of Smyrna and sent an epistle to the Philippians c.
And when the blessed Polycarp was sojourning in Rome in the time of Anicetus, although a slight controversy had arisen among them as to certain other points, they were at once well inclined towards each other [with regard to the matter in hand], not willing that any quarrel should arise between them upon this head.
Polycarp disciple of the apostle John and by him ordained bishop of Smyrna was chief of all Asia, where he saw and had as teachers some of the apostles and of those who had seen the Lord.
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The Epistle of St. Polycarp was a reply to one from the Philippians, in which they had asked St. Polycarp to address them some words of exhortation; to forward by his own messenger a letter addressed by them to the Church of Antioch; and to send them any
Eucharist in the Church to Polycarp, manifestly as a mark of respect.
Polycarp was persuaded by his friends to leave the city and conceal himself in a farm-house.
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 Patron Saints Index: Saint Polycarp of Smyrna
The Asia Minor churches recognized Polycarp's leadership and chose him representative to Pope Anicetus on the question the date of the Easter celebration.
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.
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 CHURCH FATHERS: Martyrdom of Polycarp
We have written to you, brethren, as to what relates to the martyrs, and especially to the blessed Polycarp, who put an end to the persecution, having, as it were, set a seal upon it by his martyrdom.
But the most admirable Polycarp, when he first heard [that he was sought for], was in no measure disturbed, but resolved to continue in the city.
And when the funeral pile was ready, Polycarp, laying aside all his garments, and loosing his girdle, sought also to take off his sandals,—a thing he was not accustomed to do, inasmuch as every one of the faithful was always eager who should first touch his skin.
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 Medieval Sourcebook: The Martyrdom of Polycarp
Now the glorious Polycarp at the first, when he heard it, so far from being dismayed, was desirous of remaining in town; but the greater part persuaded him to withdraw.
But as Polycarp entered into the stadium, a voice came to him from heaven; 'Be strong, Polycarp, and play the man.' And no one saw the speaker, but those of our people who were present heard the voice.
Now the blessed Polycarp was martyred on the second day of the first part of the month Xanthicus, on the seventh before the calends of March, on a great Sabbath, at the eighth hour.
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 The Development of the Canon of the New Testament - Polycarp
Polycarp, Greek bishop of Smyrna (modern Izmir, Turkey) was the leading 2nd-century figure in Roman Asia by virtue of his intermediary position between the apostolic and patristic ages and his work during the initial appearance of the fundamental theological literature of Christianity.
In it Polycarp urges the reader to stand fast in the faith, to avoid heretical teachings, to look to the examples of martyrdom suffered by Ignatius and others, and to persevere in philanthropy and good works.
Polycarp's anti-Gnostic thesis, an exemplary statement of post-apostolic theology, refuted the sectarian argument that God's incarnation in Christ, his death, and Resurrection were all imaginary phenomena of purely moral or mythological significance.
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 Saint Polycarp - Catholic Online
Polycarp, as a holy man and bishop of Smyrna, found there was only one answer -- to be true to the life of Jesus and imitate that life.
Polycarp was calm but others persuaded him to leave the city and hide at a nearby farm.
Polycarp calmly turned to the face the crowd, looked straight at them, and said, "Away with the atheists." The proconsul continued to plead with him.
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For when the proconsul would have persuaded him, charging him to have compassion on his youth, he drew upon himself the wild beast by force, wishing to be the sooner freed from their unjust and lawless life.
But Polycarp said, I have thought thee indeed worthy to receive explanation, for we have been taught to render such honour as is fitting, and as does not injure us, to the powers and authorities ordained by God; but those I consider not worthy that I should make my defence before them.
But Polycarp said, Thou threatenest me with fire that burneth but for a season, and is soon quenched.
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  Polycarp - LoveToKnow 1911
Polycarp thus becomes the living link between the Apostolic age and the great writers who flourished at the end of the 2nd century.
Polycarp was the disciple of the latter, not the former.
Polycarp replied, promising to carry out their request and enclosing a number of the letters of Ignatius which he had in his possession.
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 Polycarp - Theopedia
A direct pupil of the apostle John, Polycarp lived between 70 and 155 A.D., connecting him to both the biblical apostles and the age of the early church fathers.
Polycarp served as the bishop of the church at Smyrna (modern day Izmir in Turkey), and was recognized as one of the early combatants of Christian heresies.
Polycarp was arrested on the charge of being a Christian -- a member of a politically dangerous cult whose rapid growth needed to be stopped.
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 St. Polycarp
Of Polycarp he says, "he was not only taught by the Apostles, and lived in familiar intercourse with many that had seen Christ, but also received his appointment in Asia from the Apostles as Bishop in the Church of Smyrna".
Polycarp's martyrdom is described in a letter from the Church of Smyrna, to the Church of Philomelium "and to all the brotherhoods of the holy and universal Church", etc. The letter begins with an account of the persecution and the heroism of the martyrs.
Polycarp was persuaded by his friends to leave the city and conceal himself in a farm-house.
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 The Ecole Glossary   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Polycarp is said to have been among those converted by the Apostles, and to have been a disciple of St. John; on the other hand, his martyrdom took place c 155 CE.
Polycarp's life is known mainly from the writings of his disciple Irenaeus of Lyons, made familiar to a wide audience by the extensive quotations in Eusebius.
Polycarp was also a defender of the Johannine Easter date, and late in life made a visit to Rome for inconclusive talks on the subject with Pope Anicetus.
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 Biography: Polycarp: The Apostolic Legacy
Polycarp’s inestimable value to the church was that, unlike those around him, he appears to have remained totally faithful to the teachings of the apostles.
Polycarp urged Anicetus, then the bishop of Rome, to return to the observance of the festival on the 14th day of the first month in the Hebrew calendar, as the apostles had taught.
Polycarp, as bishop of Smyrna, held true to this standard when he was arrested around 155 and tried for refusing to sacrifice to Caesar or renounce his allegiance to Christ.
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The character of Polycarp remains intact: be emerges as man, priest, and saint.
Polycarp was born during the latter half of the first century, probably between the years 70 and 80.
But miraculously Polycarp remained unharmed, and an attendant was summoned to kill him with a dagger.
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 Janyce's Hidden-SECRETS of GOD (Polycarp) pg2
Polycarp usually kept his shoes on, as each of the faithful always hurried to be first to touch this holy man's skin.
Polycarp, the most wonderful Polycarp, was surely one of the elect -- a man who showed himself to be an apoltolic and prophetic teacher and bishop of the orthodox catholic church of God in Smyrna.
Polycarp did not limit himself to being a well-known religious professor, but proved to be an outstanding martyr, whom all desire to imitate since it was in acord with the gospel of Christ.
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 Polycarp of Smyrna
Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians is one of the writings of the so-called Apostolic Fathers, but he also never mentions Linus, Cletus, or anyone who became the bishop of Rome.
A colleague of Polycarp's was Melito of Sardis.
Polycarp was a disciple of the apostles and successor to John in Asia Minor.
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 Christian History - Polycarp - 131 Christians Everyone Should Know
Polycarp had been a Christian since he was a child, but the Romans didn't get around to killing him until he was in his eighties.
Polycarp seemed unfazed by the interrogation; he carried on a witty dialogue with Quadratus until Quadratus lost his temper and threatened Polycarp: he'd be thrown to wild beasts, he'd be burned at the stake, and so on.
Polycarp just told Quadratus that while the proconsul's fire lasts but a little while, the fires of judgment ("reserved for the ungodly," he slyly added) cannot be quenched.
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Christians went quickly to Polycarp with the word that his life was in danger.
Polycarp went to a corner and began to pray.
Following his prayer, Polycarp was arrested and transferred to the city on a donkey.
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 Early Christian Fathers | Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Our earliest testimony to Polycarp is contained in the letters that Ignatius addressed from Troas to the church in Smyrna and to Polycarp during the course of his dolorous journey to martyrdom at Rome.
But the principal interest of Polycarp's letter is his use of early Christian writings; yet even so it is not such as to exclude a dating of his letter in the second decade of the second century, but on the contrary it would seem to confirm the traditional view.
Polycarp was acquainted with the Synoptic Gospels and The Acts.
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Polycarp was Bishop of Smyrna (today known as Izmir), a city on the west coast of Turkey.
Polycarp is said to have known the Apostle John, and to have been instructed by him in the Christian faith.
Polycarp was denounced to the government, arrested, and tried on the charge of being a Christian.
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 Letter of Polycarp
Polycarp was an older person in the congregation in Smurna, largely during the II century.
Polycarp seems far from the envoys and misapplies several writings, but his realization of the threat of this rapidly-spreading teaching comes forth clearly in his letter.
Polycarp does not appear to identify Jesus with God, although it is possible to construe certain off-hand comments as though he is doing so.
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 Polycarp of Smyrna - OrthodoxWiki
The holy, glorious and right-victorious Hieromartyr Polycarp of Smyrna was a bishop and martyr of the early Church and the writer and subject, respectively, of two of the works in the collection called the Apostolic Fathers.
Polycarp was a correspondent of St. Ignatius of Antioch, one of the other Apostolic Fathers.
Irenaeus of Lyons, a disciple of Polycarp, relates how and when he became a Christian and in his letter to Florinus stated that he saw and heard him personally in lower Asia; in particular he heard the account of Polycarp's intercourse with John the Evangelist and with others who had seen Jesus Christ.
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 St Polycarp
St Polycarp was one of the most illustrious of the apostolic fathers, who, being the immediate disciples of the apostles, received instructions from their mouths, and inherited of them the spirit of Christ in a degree so much the more eminent as they lived nearer the fountain head.
Polycarp wrote a letter to the Philippians shortly after, which is highly commended by St. Irenaeus, St. Jerome, Eusebius, Photius, and others, and is still extant.
The pile being prepared, Polycarp put off his garments, untied his girdle, and began to take off his shoes, an office he had not been accustomed to, the Christians having always striven who should do these things for him, regarding it as a happiness to be admitted to touch him.
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 Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (c.69 - c.155)
Though Polycarp is one of the most celebrated characters in ancient Christendom, very little is known of his life.
W.R. Schoedel, Polycarp, Martyrdom of Polycarp, Fragments of Papias.
W.R. Schoedel, "Polycarp's Witness to Ignatius of Antioch," Vigiliae Christianae 41.1 (1987): 1-10.
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Polycarp was burned to death as a martyr.
Irenaeus claims that Polycarp was a student of the apostle John.
Little is certainly known of the life of Polycarp other than his letter to the congregation at Philippi and the events of his death.
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