“… the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins": The Early Christian "Dying for" Formula, Suffering, and the Eucharist in IgnSm 7:1

Kurek-Chomycz, Dominika (2018) “… the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins": The Early Christian "Dying for" Formula, Suffering, and the Eucharist in IgnSm 7:1. In: Docetism in the Early Church: The Quest for an Elusive Phenomenon. WUNT (402). Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, pp. 197-215. ISBN 978-3-16-154084-4

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Ignatius’ familiarity with at least a part of the Pauline corpus is beyond debate. Moreover, when speaking of his own suffering and imminent death, Ignatius clearly models it on Paul’s apostolic self-understanding. The references to the death of Jesus in the Ignatian corpus, however, differ to some extent from traditional early Christian formulas. In this paper Ignatius’ creative use of the “dying for” formula is examined in connection with his views on Jesus’ passion and the Eucharist as demonstrated in IgnSm 7:1. For Ignatius it is not Jesus’ death, but his death-through-suffering that makes his fate truly a salvific event and that in his view cannot be ignored or diminished in any way. While Ignatius’ stress on the reality of Jesus’ suffering may have been part of his polemics against those who held “docetic” views, it would be too reductive to limit their interpretation to a polemical context. The significance that Ignatius ascribes to suffering needs to be understood against the broader social, cultural and religious context, as opposed to those who in the past dismissed his interest in suffering as pathological.

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Keywords: Ignatius of Antioch; docetism; suffering
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Dominika Kurek-Chomycz
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 11:25
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 00:15
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2563

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