The Bishop and his Deacons: Ignatius of Antioch’s view on ministry: two-fold or three-fold

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Abstract

While in the early Church of the first centuries there are several texts where a two-fold ministry seems to be the case, it is the martyr Ignatius of Antioch who is adduced as providing the first instance of the three-fold structure of ministry. In this article it is argued that the epistles of Ignatius witness to the two-fold model—also found in the New Testament, Hermas, 1 Clement and the Didache—rather than to the three-fold ministry of later tradition. Some attention is also paid to the Pauline background of Ignatius’ speaking about ministry and to the specific tasks of deacons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSanctifying Texts, Transforming Rituals
Subtitle of host publicationEncounters in Liturgical Studies
EditorsPaul Van Geest, Marcel Poorthuis, Els Rose
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Pages171-190
ISBN (Electronic)9789004347083
ISBN (Print)9789004347090
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameBrill's Studies in Catholic Theology
Volume5

Keywords

  • Leadership
  • Early Christianity
  • Ministry
  • Ignatius of Antioch
  • Bishops
  • Deacons

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    Koet, B. (2017). The Bishop and his Deacons: Ignatius of Antioch’s view on ministry: two-fold or three-fold. In P. Van Geest, M. Poorthuis, & E. Rose (Eds.), Sanctifying Texts, Transforming Rituals: Encounters in Liturgical Studies (pp. 171-190). (Brill's Studies in Catholic Theology; Vol. 5). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004347083_010