“The Epistles of St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch , translated by J.H. Srawley. Finished reading 30 June 2008.
5/5 stars. An absolutely fascinating look at early Christianity from one of the earliest of the 'Church Fathers' and Martyrs - Ignatius of Antioch. These seven epistles show the confusion of doctrine of early Christianity. It dances around the issue of different persons representing 'God', but does not have a fully formed notion of a Christian Trinity. They also warn against Docetism, but fully embrace a kind of Patripasianism, later deemed heretical (represented by Ignatius with such phrases as 'Suffering of God' and partaking of the 'Blood of God'). Srawley fully annotates these epistles and explains much of the background and heresy that Ignatius is writing against.
With the episltles of St Ignatius comes the question of authenticity. Many skeptics claim these main seven epistles are pseudonymous forgeries. Upon reading them, I personally see no reason to assume they are forgeries - the internal evidence seems to point otherwise.
Highly recommended for anybody interested in early Christian history. I am slowly learning that primary sources are the way to go in studying this topic. This book can be found in its entirety on archive.org ”