Introduction to Papias of Hierapolis

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Papias of Hierapolis?
Papias was the overseer of the Assembly at Hierapolis during the late 1st century CE. He was known as a friend of Polycarp, and a student of John the Apostle.

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About the Fragments of Papias of Hierapolis.
From the fragments of his writings that exist today, we are able to deduce that Papias’s writings were well respected as an accurate source of history of the early Assembly, paying special attention to the sorts of details that help to set records straight. He had written a five volume collection called “Expositions of the Sayings of the Lord.”

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Textual Support for the Fragments of Papias of Hierapolis.
The Fragments of Papias of Hierapolis are known primarily through quotations from Irenaeus of Lyons (3rd century CE) and Eusebius of Caesarea (late 3rd to early 4th century CE), plus a handful of other sources up through the 6th century CE.

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What do the writings of Papias of Hierapolis mean to us today?
Papias is unique in that he recounts several teachings of Yeshua that were not recorded in any of the accounts of the Besorah. We can learn from him today to be as diligent as he, in both research and recording the teachings of the righteous around us.

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