Early Church History 15


> Born in Flavia Neopolis around 100

> Converted around 130

> Taught in Asia Minor and Rome

> Authored two apologetics and the Dialogue with Trypho

> Martyred in 165

Anglican Archbishop Carrington of Quebec: If we ask where the strong witness in the church is to be found after the death of Polycarp, we are bound to say that it passes to Rome.  It passes to the church itself and to its succession of bishops, rather than to any individual; the individual who stands highest after the death of Polycarp would probably be Justin, who is now accepted as a Roman teacher, and becomes a Roman martyr.

Stoic, Pythagorean, Peripatetic philosopher


"but straight away a flame was kindled in my soul; and a love of the prophets, and of those men who are friends of Christ, possessed me."

"As I saw that they showed no rear in face of death and of all other things which inspire horror, I reflected that they could not be vicious and pleasure-loving."

First Apology addressed to Emperor Antoninus Pius

Rescript of Emperor Hadrian in 125 to proconsul of Asia, Minucius Fundanus

Kronos = Saturn, Saturday

City Prefect, Urbicus

Dialogue with Trypho, Rabbi Tarphon in Ephesus

I. shows how the Mosaic Law was a temporary dispensation, to be fulfilled and made redundant when the Messiah came

II. The Messiah is in fact the Son of God, worthy of worship and

III. Messiah established a new Israel for all nations, races and tongues.

About Socrates: "for no one trusted in Socrates so as to die for this doctrine but in Christ who was partially known even by Socrates, for he was and is the Logos who is in every man."

About the Eucharist: "He then speaks of those gentiles, namely us, who in every place offer sacrifices to him, that is the bread of the Eucharist and also the cup of the Eucharist, affirming both that we glorify his name and that you profane it."

Chiliasm? Christians "are assured that there will be a resurrection of the dead and a thousand years in Jerusalem, which will then be built, adorned and enlarged."

Poet Martial

The Tullianum near Capitol

King Jugurtha and Vercingetorix

Saint Cyprian: Celerinus, Celerina

Quintus Junius Rusticus

Marcus Aurelius

Crescens the Cynic Philosopher

Acta Martyrum

Catacombs of Priscilla

M XOUSTINOS  (Martyr Justinos)

Tatian the Syrian, Discourse to the Greeks, Diatessaron

NOTE: An excellent website on apologists and apologetics can be found at Dr John Gresham of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.