n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Other letters of a martyr? The Vossian recension of Ignatius reconsidered

Volume 92, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



From the days of the Dutch humanist scholar Vossius only seven or less letters from Ignatius' corpus are recognized as genuine. This article re-evaluates the basis for Vossius' restrictions in the light of a 15th and 16th century publications by Reinhardus and Martiales. It argues that the text-critical evidence and literary unity of the longer recension that is displayed by its Scripture references, argues against the Vossian recension, which may represent a medieval abridgement rather than original Ignatius material. As a result this article advocates two alternatives that should be preferred to the Vossian consensus of seven letters: 1) a complete rejection of the letter-corpus as a pious fraud to strengthen orthodoxy of a later date; or 2) for text-critical and historical reason, eleven congregational letters should be considered as of Ignatian origin rather than seven.

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