Ignatius of Antioch and the Arian Controversy


In Ignatius of Antioch and the Arian Controversy, Paul R. Gilliam III contends that the legacy of the second-century martyr Ignatius of Antioch was one battleground upon which Nicene and Non-Nicene personalities fought for their understanding of the relationship of the Son to the Father. It is well-know that Ignatius’ views continued to live on into the fourth century via the long recension of his letters. Gilliam, however, shows that there was much more to Ignatius’ fourth-century presence than the Ignatian long recension.
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Biographical Note

Paul R. Gilliam III, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Religion at Chowan University. He has published previously on patristic reception in early modern England.

Review Quotes

' ... a fine study, which advances knowledge of the reception of Ignatius in the fourth century and deepends scholarly understanding of the theological usages to his writings. This careful study generates new ways of thinking about the afterlife of the Ignatian corpus, and it will be [...] consulted with much profit.'
Paul Foster, University of Edinburgh, The Expository Times 129 (6) 2018 ' Gilliam has admirably succeeded in demonstrating [...] that the controversy over Ignatius and his legacy was one battlegound upon which the Arian controversy was waged". [...] He has written a thoroughly enjoyable and informative study of a crucial period in the reception of Ignatius. His book illuminates a fascinating part of the history of the fourth-century Trinitarian controversies.'
Mark DelCogliano, University of St Thomas, Vigiliae Christianae 72, no. 4, 2018


All interested in the history of early Christianity, dogmatic developments, patristics, classical philology, history of Christian literature (from the second to the fourth century), and its transmission.