This commentary on Polycarp's Epistle to the Philippians and the Martyrdom of Polycarp includes extensive introductions, the Greek or Latin texts, facing English translations, and substantial comments on each passage. The preliminary material investigates Polycarpian traditions and reconstructs an outline of his life. The introductory studies for both Philippians and the Martyrdom discuss text and manuscript traditions, date and
place of composition, historical setting, literary genre and style, unity and integrity, purpose and themes, theology, and post-composition influence. The volume also explores communal self-definition, moral formation, and the transmission of traditions, including the use of documents now found in the New Testament. The commentary
proceeds passage by passage, but also includes lengthy discussions of critical issues and key interpretive questions. The investigations survey the current status of relevant scholarship and contain balanced discussions of controversial topics and scholarly debates.
Paul Hartog is an Associate Professor, teaching Early Christian Studies at Faith Baptist Seminary, Iowa. He received his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago, where he was awarded a university teaching fellowship. He has previously authored Polycarp and the New Testament (Mohr Siebeck, 2002) and various articles and essays.
OVERVIEW; INTRODUCTION TO POLYCARP S EPISTLE TO THE PHILIPPIANS; GREEK TEXT AND ENGLISH TRANSLATION; COMMENTARY; INTRODUCTION TO THE MARTYRDOM OF POLYCARP; GREEK TEXT AND ENGLISH TRANSLATION; COMMENTARY; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEXES; OVERVIEW; INTRODUCTION TO POLYCARP S EPISTLE TO THE PHILIPPIANS; GREEK TEXT AND ENGLISH TRANSLATION; COMMENTARY; INTRODUCTION TO THE MARTYRDOM OF POLYCARP; GREEK TEXT AND ENGLISH TRANSLATION; COMMENTARY; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEXES