Christ-Bearers and Fellow-Initiates: Local Cultural Life and Christian Identity in Ignatius' Letters

@article{Harland2003ChristBearersAF,
  title={Christ-Bearers and Fellow-Initiates: Local Cultural Life and Christian Identity in Ignatius' Letters},
  author={P. Harland},
  journal={Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  year={2003},
  volume={11},
  pages={481 - 499}
}
  • P. Harland
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
In writing to Christian congregations in the cities of Roman Asia, Ignatius draws on imagery from Greco-Roman cultural life to speak about the identity of the Christians. Scholars have given some attention to the cultural images which Ignatius evokes, but often in a cursory way and rarely, if ever, with reference to local religious life. Concentrating on Ignatius' characterization of Christian groups as "Christ-bearers" and "fellow-initiates" (Eph. 9.2; 12.2), the paper explores neglected… Expand
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