Papias over traditie | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 49, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



Papias’ view of the so-called ‘living voice’ and his evaluation and criticism of the written sources (i.e. the gospels of Marcus and Matthaeus) for the teachings of Jesus are put in their pagan cultural context. The written sources are important, but they have to be interpreted by means of an supplemented by oral traditions connected with the apostolic succession. The expresssion which characterizes the contents of is compared with pagan parallels concerned with the exemplary nature of the (way of life) of the wise man.


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