ANF – The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians

In this brief missive, Ignatius once again exhorts his recipients to unity and obedience to their bishop as well as the deacons who work among them.

More interesting is that Ignatius treats on the matter of the Docetae, a term for people who denied that Jesus was truly human.  They accepted his divinity, but under the influence of Greek philosophy, which held that matter was evil or at least impure, they insisted that Jesus just appeared to be human but was really only spiritual.   This is one of the earliest documents then which deals with this matter, a point of view that was condemned at the Council of Nicaea.  Ignatius doesn’t deal with Docetism by name  but it’s clear in Chapter X – The Reality of Christ’s Passion that this is what he’s getting at.

 

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