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Bibil Identifier bibil:227161
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Ignatius' Statements of Self-Sacrifice: Intimations of an Atoning Death or Expressions of Exemplary Suffering?
Author Kirk, Alexander N.
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 64, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 66-88 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Ignatius’ seven most explicit statements of ‘self-sacrifice’ (Eph. 8.1; 18.1; 21.1; Trall. 13.3; Smyrn. 10.2; Pol. 2.3; 6.1) have often been interpreted, especially in recent scholarship, as articulations of his view that his death would be an atoning sacrifice for sin or would substitute for those to whom he wrote. A fresh reading of these important statements leads to the contention that they are expressions of exemplary suffering and not intimations of an atoning death. The assumption of the majority view that Jesus was Ignatius’ direct model for his death is challenged and a cumulative case is built for the Pauline shaping of Ignatius’ self-conception and portrayal of his imminent death, followed by a detailed exegesis of each statement. Finally, Rom. 2.2 is discussed and conclusions drawn.
DOI 10.1093/jts/flt011
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Apostolic Fathers : Letters of Ignatius
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Suffering
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Paul
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