2020-05-08

Gospel According to Ignatius

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by Neil Godfrey

I should have included a column for the gospel according to Ignatius in my earlier post on the Gospel according to the Ascension of Isaiah. Better late than never:

Ascension of Isaiah

3:13-18

9:5, 13-17

11:2-22

Ignatius

Smyrneans 1-2

 Trallians 9:1-2

Ephesians 19:1-3

Gospel of Peter

Infancy Gospel of James (Prot-
evangelium
of James)

Justin

FA=First Apology
DT=Dial with Trypho

 

Elisabeth mother of John the Baptist hid in a mountain to protect him from Herod

22:3

Elisabeth mother of John the Baptist

DT84

No angel appears to Mary to explain to her why she is pregnant

Gabriel’s announcement to Mary; “Be it according to thy word”

11:2; 12:2

Gabriel’s announcement to Mary; “Be it according to thy word”

DT100

Isaiah is told in his heavenly ascent that he will be called Jesus and Christ

9:5, 13

 

Angel to virgin: …call his name Jesus for he shall save from sins 

11:3

Angel to virgin: …call his name Jesus for he shall save from sins

FA33

“Born” of virgin Mary — but Jesus suddenly appears in front of Mary and she is no longer pregnant — no actual birth is described

11:13


“Truly” born from a virgin
Smyr 1-2Son of MaryTrall 9:1-2

Born of virgin Mary

19:3

Born of virgin 

DT23,63,66,71,84,85

He will be appear like and be thought to be a man

9:13

 “Truly” flesh  No human generation

DT32, 43 FA51

Not descended from men, seed not from humans 

DT63, 68

Mary was of family of “David the Prophet”

11:2

Jesus was “truly” from family of David “according to flesh”

Smyr 1-2

Mary was of family of David

10:1

Mary was of house of David

DT76

Joseph, a carpenter, was also of family of “righteous David”

11:2

 

 

Joseph “came into his lot” and Mary was “espoused” to him.

11:3

 

Joseph was chosen by lot to marry Mary

9:1; 19:1

 

Joseph wanted to put Mary away, but an angel appeared to him and changed his mind. Kept it a secret from everyone.

11:3-4

 

Joseph wanted to put Mary away; a dream changed this

14:1-2

Joseph wanted to put Mary away; a dream changed this

DT78

 

 

Census from Augustus

17:1

Census under Quirinius/Cyrenius

FA34

 

Joseph left home — no reference to Nazareth — for Bethlehem

17:1-2

Joseph left home in Nazareth to enrol in Bethlehem, since he was of the tribe of Judah in that region

DT78

In Asc. Isa. Mary is “born” in a house

Joseph found a cave for Mary; set his sons to protect her while he went to search Bethlehem for a midwife

18:1

No lodging room at Bethlehem

So found a cave near village there

DT78

After two months, still a virgin, and with both Joseph and Mary alone in Joseph’s house in Bethlehem, Mary was astonished to suddenly saw a small babe in front of her, and she was still a virgin with her womb restored as before.

11:7-9

 

Herod learns Christ is to be born in Bethlehem

21:2

Jesus born at Bethlehem

FA34

Joseph could not understand Mary’s astonishment until his eyes “were opened” and then he, too, saw the child.

A voice came to them both, “Tell this vision to no one.”

11:10-11

   
But people nonetheless heard that a child had been born. But they were all confused with different accounts of what had happened: “they were all blinded respecting Him and they all knew regarding Him, though they knew not whence He was.”

11:12-14

   
   

To hide the child from Herod Mary wrapped him in swaddling clothes and put him in an ox manger

22:2

Jesus placed in manger

DT78

   

Star told Magi that a king had been born in Judea

21:2

Star told Magi that a king had been born in Judea

DT78

 

Magi are from the East

21:1

Magi in/from Arabia

DT78

 

Magi came to worship Jesus

21:2

Magi come to worship him at his birth
 

Magi first see Herod

21:2

Magi first see Herod
 

The wise men and high priests tell Herod Christ is to be born in Bethlehem

21:2

Herod learns from elders Christ to be born in Bethlehem
 

Magi present him with gold, frank, myrrh

21:3

Magi present him with gold, frank, myrrh

DT78

 

Not to go through Judea, Herod tricked

21:4

Warned in dream not to return to Herod

DT78

   

Herod plotted to kill him

22:1

Herod plotted to kill him

DT102

   

Herod killing all children, including seeking John the Baptist

22-23

With Jesus in Egypt Herod massacred children in Bethlehem born at same time 

DT103 – Jeremiah’s prophecy

Rama = Arabia- thus fulfilled prophecy to take power of Damascus and spoils of Samaria – releasing power of demon over Magi at his birth

DT78

Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Nazareth in Galilee. . . . 

11:15

 

Joseph in Egypt till another vision told him to return to Judea

DT78

All of this happened unknown to all the heavens, princes and gods of this world.

11:16

Mary’s virginity and child-bearing were hidden from the Ruler of the Age  

Eph19:1-3

 
In Nazareth he “sucked the breast as a babe as is customary in order that he might not be recognized.”

11:17

Jesus ate and drank

Trall 9:1-2

Jesus escaped notice of others till adult

FA35

  Baptized by John

Smyr 1-2

 

 John heralded Jesus; Jesus entered Jordan and fire blazed around
Once an adult he performed miracles in the land of Israel and Jerusalem.

11:18

  Jesus came to Jews, healed the maimed, deaf, lame from birth, blind, raised the dead

DT69, FA48,31

He taught twelve disciples 

3:13

   
The demonic power saw him performing signs and envied him so stirred up the children of Israel against him. . . not knowing who he was.

11:19

Seized and crucified on Passover

DT111

The children of Israel delivered him to the king

11:19

  Arrested at night at Mt Olives by those sent by Pharisees and Scribes 

DT103

 

Herod and Jews use Pilate to cover their plot

8(28-30), 11(47-49)

Pilate, Herod, Jews, Roman soldiers conspired against Christ

FA40

 

Herod and his judges and Jews sentenced him to crucifixion

1(1-2)

Jewish synagogue sentenced him to crucifixion

DT104

   

Herod responsible for crucifixion; pierced by Jews, synagogue of wicked, under Pilate 

1-7(1-25)

Herod responsible for crucifixion; pierced by Jews, synagogue of wicked, under Pilate 

DT32,85,104 FA13

Persecuted and tortured by children of Israel

3:13

Truly persecuted in the days of Pilate and Herod

Smyr 1-2

Scourged

3(9)

Scourged

DT89

  Truly nailed in the flesh

Smyr 1-2

Jews pierce their king

1-7(1-25)

Jews pierce their king

DT14,32,64,97,98,104,118, FA13

the day before the sabbath

3:13

crucified him on a tree in Jerusalem

11

He descended to the angel of Sheol

11:19

Truly crucified

Trall 9:1-2

Crucified on tree

DT15

The Twelve who were with him were offended because of him

11:14

 

After crucified, all acquaintances and disciples denied him and forsook him and dispersed 

7(26)

After crucified, all acquaintances and disciples denied him and forsook him and dispersed

FA50 DT53

   

Those who crucified him shook head, distorted lips, twisted noses to each other, mocking his claim: “He was the Son of God….!”

3(9)

Those who crucified him shook head, distorted lips, twisted noses to each other, mocking his claim: “He was the Son of God….!”

DT101

 

 

On cross: “My power” in place of “My God”

5(19)

On cross: “Oh my God why have you forsaken me”

DT99

 

 

On cross till buried at evening

2(5) 5(15) 6(22-23)

On cross till buried at evening

DT97 104

 

 

nails pierced hands

6(21)

Nails pierced hands and feet

DT97,104

 

 

Garments parted/lots 

4(12)

Garments parted/lots

DT 97, 104

 A watch was placed on his sepulchre

11:14

Soldiers kept watch over sepulchre

9(35)

  Christ’s reign begins with his death

DT 73, FA 41

After the third day he rose again

11:21

Truly raised from the dead

Trall 9:1-2

Resurrected Sunday first day of week

DT 41

Gabriel and Michael descend and open the sepulchre and escort the Beloved sitting on their shoulders

3:16-17

  Two men descend from heaven, roll back the stone, and supporting Jesus bring him out of the tomb.

36-40

He remained some days 11:21 On resurrection Sunday taught his disciples weekly church meetings, the eucharist, Sunday prayers, readings, handouts for poor

FA 65-67 cf. DT 51

  Christ gave believers bread & cup — These were to remind he had been flesh 

DT70

He sent out the Twelve Apostles 

11:22

who taught all nations of the cross, the resurrection and ascension.

3:18

 The apostles went out from Jerusalem to preach about him

FA39, 49

Ascended to heaven — his glory recognized by heavenly powers 

11:22

He was made known to heavenly powers by a great star brighter than sun and moon

Eph19:1-3

(Christ’s reign begins from this moment)

Ascended to heaven

FA51, 46

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