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Bibliography on Ignatius of Antioch

Check out the websites Early Christian Writings, Text Excavation, and Rear View Mirror for a quick review of the manuscript evidence for the epistles of Ignatius and the three main “recensions” in which the epistles were transmitted down the centuries. The bibliography below provides more information on the discoveries of manuscripts, the consensus established by Zahn and Lightfoot on the authenticity of the “middle recension” as opposed to the additions in the “longer recension” from the fourth century and the condensed version of three epistles in the Syriac “shorter recension,” and the challenges to the consensus (Joly, Hübner, Lechner). The best place to get an introduction to the issues would be in the overviews by Paul Foster, William Schoedel, and Allen Brent listed below.

  • Barnes, Timothy D. “The Date of Ignatius.” The Expository Times 120 (2008): 119-130.
  • Brent, A. Ignatius of Antioch: A Martyr Bishop and the Origin of Episcopacy. New York: Continuum and T&T Clark, 2007.
  • Cureton, William. The Ancient Syriac Version of Saint Ignatius. London: Rivington, 1845.
  • Edwards, M. “Ignatius and the Second Century: An Answer to R. Hübner.” Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 2 (1998): 214–26.
  • Foster, P. “The Epistles of Ignatius of Antioch (Part 1).” The Expository Times 117 (2006): 487-495.
  • Harnack, A. Die Zeit des Ignatius und die Chronologie der antiochenischen Bischöfe bis Tyrannus nach Julius Africanus und den späteren Historikern.
  • Hübner, R. M. “Thesen zur Echtheit und Datierung der sieben Briefe des Ignatius von Antiochien.” Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum (1997): 44-72.
  • Joly, R. Le Dossier d’Ignace d’Antioch. Bruxelles: Editions de l’universitie de Bruxelles, 1979.
  • Lechner, T. Ignatius adversus Valentinianos? Chronologische und theologiegeschichtliche Studien zu Briefen des Ignatius von Antiochen. Leiden: Brill, 1999.
  • Lightfoot, J.B. The Apostolic Fathers: Part 2 Ignatius and Polycarp, Volumes 1-3. London: Macmillian, 1889-1890.
  • Lindemann, A. “Antwort auf die ‘Thesen zur Echtheit und Datierung der sieben Briefe des Ignatius von Antiochien.'” Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 1.2 (1997): 185-194.
  • Ruis-Camps, J. The Four Authentic Letters of Ignatius, the Martyr. Rome: Pontificium Institutum Orientalium Studorium, 1980.
  • Schoedel, W. R. “Are the Letters of Ignatius Authentic?” Religious Studies Review 6 (1980): 196-201.
  • Schoedel, W. R. Ignatius of Antioch: A Commentary on the Letters of Ignatius of Antioch. Hermeneia. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1985.
  • Schöllgen, Georg. “Die Ignatianen als pseudepigraphisches Briefcorpus: Anmerkung zu den Thesen von Reinhard M. Hübner.Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 2.1 (1998): 16–25.
  • Ussher, J. Polycarpi et Ignatii Epistolae. Oxon: Lichfield, 1644.
  • Vogt, Hermann Josef. “Bemerkungen zur Echtheit der Ignatiusbriefe.”
    Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 3.1 (1999): 50–63.
  • Voss, Isaac. Epistulae genuinae S. Ignatii Martyris. Amsterdam: J. Blaeu, 1646.
  • Zahn, T. Ignatius von Antiochien. Gotha: Perthes, 1873.
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