Ignatius: (50-100 A. D.) Also called Theophorus, born in Syria. Ignatius was the third Bishop of Antioch, appointed by Peter. He was known to be close to Polycarp, and thought to have met the Apostle John. Is noted for coining the term Catholic. (New Advent )

Icon of the martyrdom Saint Ignatius

Icon of the martyrdom Saint Ignatius

Ineffable: Means, 1. Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable. See Synonyms; unspeakable. 2. Not to be uttered; taboo: “the ineffable name of God.” (American Heritage Dictionary)….”Moreover it is these who have known him who is, the Father, that is, the Root of the All, the Ineffable One who dwells in the Monad. He dwells alone in silence, and silence is tranquillity
since, after all, he was a Monad and no one was before him.” (”
A Valentinian Exposition. ”)

Irenaeus: (130-202) Author of “Against Heresies” and other works. He was a main proponent against Gnosticism and is responsible for the early formation of Orthodox Christianity. He became Pope, after winning the position over Valentinus. He claimed Apostolic succession from having studied from Polycarp. (See; ”The Early Church ,” Chadwick, Penquin, 1993. See also;

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An engraving of St Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum

An engraving of St Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum


Isidore: Son of Basilides, who according to Hippolytus received special teaching from Mathias. He wrote trying to show that Greek philosophers borrowed from the Prophets. He also held that passions emanated from a part of the soul. more

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