O although martyrs have this exalted place some are

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o Although martyrs have this exalted place, some are called for it at a certain time and some aren’t. It is something that you must be called for and be ready for at that moment- don’t rush into it. (Quintus as an example of this) o Imitation of Jesus to an extent. Follow his example. 3. Why do you think there is such an emphasis placed on people trying to dissuade Polycarp from going through with the martyrdom? o Emphasizes Polycarp’s resolve and knowing his destiny- accepting the will of God o To show the number of temptations and opportunities for Polycarp to renounce his faith and rejoin the Romans in their traditions and sacrifices. To get Polycarp to conform to Roman ways. 4. What different references to Polycarp’s body can you find? What might be the significance of these? o Old man; 86 years old o Composure is calm; shows no discomfort for when he receives injury. No care or worries for his physical self. o He has never had to untie his own sandals, as people would always do it for him in efforts to touch his “holy” body. He was extremely revered.
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RELC 2/4 o Completion/perfection/purification of the body through martyrdom. o The body that is left behind is sacred and handled with extreme respect and care. o The fact that his body did not burn/was not consumed by flames, but rather surrounded by the fire and “baked as the bread of life” or “purified like precious metals”. o Polycarp’s body emits a “delightful fragrance” like incense or perfume. Like incense burned for sacrifices and traditional rituals? 5. What sort of preparation was required to be a martyr? o Prayer o Solid faith o Holy attributes o Endurance/perseverance through trials of the world. o Accepting the call/will of God. o Ascesis (aoknoiv)
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