Friday, November 23, 2012

Cracking The Ignatian Code

I am in the middle of finally figuring out why we have two versions of the Ignatian letters in Greek.  As you may have guessed it has everything to do with Sabellius.  I can't believe I didn't notice this before.  My previous work on the Ignatian corpus and Polycarp seems amateurist by comparison (but then so does the work of everyone else).  The bottom line is that if these people claim that the letters of Ignatius really come from the end of the Trajanic period, they certainly 'prove' that Sabellius or his spirit was alive at the time of Hadrian when the Syrian tradition says there was a conference to excommunicate him have a lot of 'splainin' to do ...

But this is it. Sabellianism is the proper context for the Ignatian corpus and interestingly - as you will all see shortly - the 'longer' version consistently represents an attempt to remove the 'Sabellianisms.'   It's incredible that I never saw this before.  But then again, who was looking for 'Sabellius' in any of this?  

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