Polycarp and Paul

An Analysis of Their Literary and Theological Relationship in Light of Polycarp's Use of Biblical and Extra-Biblical Literature


This volume addresses the question of the Apostle Paul's literary and theological influences on Polycarp of Smyrna. To this end, the most detailed analysis in print of Polycarp's dependence on earlier literature--both biblical and extra-biblical--is undertaken in the first part of the book. This general analysis forms the basis for the study of three questions:
1) Is Polyarp an imitator of Paul?
2) Whom does Polycarp think is the author of the Pastoral Epistles?
3) To what degree is Polycarp influenced by the theology of Paul?
This volume will be of particular interest to anyone studying the Apostolic Fathers, the reception of Paul in the second century, the concept of imitation, and the authorship of the Pastoral Epistles.
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Biographical Note

Kenneth Berding, Ph.D. (2000) in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary, is Associate Professor of New Testament, Hermeneutics and Greek at Biola University, Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.

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' Le livre de Berding étant d’une écriture très abordable, on ne peut que le recommander à tous et pas seulement aux spécialistes.'
J.-N. Aletti, Recherches de Science Religieuse, 2005.
' …important contributions…Succeeding scholars will profit from his careful examination…insightful comparisons…'
Paul Hartog, Westminster Theological Journal, 2004.


All those interested in patristic studies, biblical studies, theology, and canon. In particular, students of the Apostolic Fathers and the Apostle Paul.

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