Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians

From: John R Russell (johnrrus@juno.com)
Date: Thu Apr 03 1997 - 19:29:27 EST

I have recently read Jefford's _Introduction to the Apostolic Fathers_.
claims that "most scholars" hold that Polycarp's letter to the
is a composite of two letters (pp. 73, 75). In other reading, Fee
(_Philippians_, NICNT, p. 22 n 62) and Evans (_Noncanonical Writings_, p.
157) both contend that most scholars do _not_ hold to the view that the
letter is a composite. What is the group's thinking re. the "scholarly
consensus" on this issue?

(I am aware of Harrison's study on the composite nature of the letter,
although I have not read it yet. Holmes, in his revision of Lightfoot's
work on the Apostolic Fathers, argues against Harrison's conclusions.)

John R. Russell
BBS, Th.M. student

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