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Roger Parvus: Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius

In 2011 Roger Parvus posted a series here arguing that the letters of Ignatius were in fact composed by a follower of a breakaway sect from Marcionism. Roger’s thesis builds upon ideas advanced by earlier scholars that the letters of Ignatius show signs of the teachings of someone closely related to Marcionism, such as Apelles, a former disciple of Marcion. Roger also revisits and develops an idea that first appeared a century ago in scholarly publications that the author of the original letters was in fact that colorful character Peregrinus, the subject of a satire by Lucian.

Since then, Roger has nuanced some those posts, and I also have learned a little about more effective ways to present lengthy posts in a relatively quick-and-easy-to-follow layout on a blog page. So I will be posting a new series of the revised version of Roger’s posts over coming months.

1. The Letters of Ignatius: Originally Written By a Follower of an Ex-Marcionite? (Introduction)

PART  1 — that the letters were written by Peregrinus

2. The Letters of Ignatius: Originally Written By Peregrinus?

1 and 2 originally posted as The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch

3. Solving a Puzzle (or four) in the Letters of Ignatius: The Christian Years of Peregrinus

3 originally posted as [2] The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch: 2nd post in the series

4. Invitations to Watch a Martrydom: The Letters of Ignatius (or Peregrinus) continued

4 originally posted as [3] The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch: 3rd post in this series

5. Making Sense of the Letters and Travels of Ignatius

5 originally posted as [4] The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch: 4th post in this series

6. Writing Ignatius into History (How the Peregrinus thesis solves many problems)

6 originally posted as [5] The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch: 5th post in this series

PART 2 — that the author was an Apellean Christian

7. An Odd Mix of Beliefs in the Letters of Ignatius Peregrinus

7 originally posted as [6] The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch: 6th post in the series

8. The Teachings of Apelles, Marcion’s Apostate

8 originally posted as the first half of [7] The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch: 7th post in the series

9. The Author of the So-Called Ignatians was an Apellean Christian

9 originally posted as the second half of [7] The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch: 7th post in the series

10. The Ignatian Letters Written By a Follower Of Apelles? (Part 1)

10 originally posted as [8] The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch: 8th post in the series

11. The Gospel of Peregrinus (and Apelles)

11 originally posted as [9] The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch: 9th post in the series

Conclusion

12. Final of “Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius”: Tackling New Questions

12 originally posted as [10] The Letters Supposedly Written by Ignatius of Antioch: 10th and final post in the series

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