Epistles of Ignatius

Read by Sam Stinson

(4.7 stars; 121 reviews)

Ignatius of Antioch penned these letters to churches (Ephesians, Magnesians, Trallians, Romans, Philadelphians, and Smyrnaeans) and Polycarp on his way to martyrdom. Ignatius was an apologist for the Episcopal style of church government (as opposed to sole rule by a council of presbyters) which developed in the late first or early second century. Eager to die in imitation of his Savior, it was Ignatius who wrote this to the Roman church: "I am God's wheat, and I am ground by the teeth of wild beasts that I may be found pure bread [of Christ]." (Summary by Sam Stinson) (1 hr 17 min)


01 - Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians 17:48 Read by Sam Stinson
02 - Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians 10:31 Read by Sam Stinson
03 - Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians 9:16 Read by Sam Stinson
04 - Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans 10:43 Read by Sam Stinson
05 - Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians 9:47 Read by Sam Stinson
06 - Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans 11:06 Read by Sam Stinson
07 - Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp 8:05 Read by Sam Stinson


Early Church Snapshot

(5 stars)

What a beautiful snap shot of the early church in its unity, structure of authority, and humility.

(3.5 stars)

Little bit of a fast read but energetic and clear.

eye opening

(5 stars)

Right away in the first epistle we meet Onesimus as Bishop of Ephesus. The very Onesimus who was slave of Philemon. As the letters go on, repeated themes of joy in suffering and death, submission to the bishops, constant meeting together in the household of faith, and stringent clinging to sound doctrine echo over and over. The letters give a briefly, beautiful view into the issues and questions and trials facing the early church.

Middle rescension

(4 stars)

This is a nice reading of what is actually the middle rescension,not the short.the short is 3 letters and shorter as well.These 7 letters were considered likely authentic compared to the long rescension of 17 letters and longest lengths..Please look into this yourself if you feel the need. Check out William Cureton who published earlier transcripts of 3 letters..There is a difference in tone regarding God and Christ...its slight but clearly noticeable..God bless ...


(5 stars)

I just completed RCIA and this allows me to hear what the Saints of the Church felt and wrote.

A Good Reading

(4 stars)

Some mispronounciations and a slightly rushed tempo. Otherwise quite nice!

very well designed letters

(5 stars)

seem to be intended to have apostolic effect

nice read

(5 stars)

enjoyed it very much brought me peace.