Polycarp the Bishop of Smyrna
Polycarp (AD 69-155) was the bishop/pastor of the church in Smyrna (modern day Izmir, Turkey). According to Eusebius of Caesarea (who wrote the first history of the Christian church around AD 300) he was a disciple of the Apostle John. Polycarp was well know to have called Marcion, a leader in Gnosticism, ‘the firstborn of Satan’ because of his gnostic theology. Polycarp was martyred (burned at the stake which did not consume him so he was stabbed with a sword) for his faith in Jesus before a crowd of onlookers in a stadium.
Disciple of the Apostle John
Wrote against Marcion a well known leader of Gnosticism
Martyred for his refusal to deny Jesus
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