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Papias (c.60–130 CE). Christian bishop of Hierapolis in Asia Minor. His work Exposition of the Sayings of the Lord, known only from quotations in Irenaeus and Eusebius, contained oral traditions and legends. The most important of these concern the writing of the gospels: Matthew ‘composed the sayings (logia) in Hebrew, and everyone translated them as best he could’; Mark was ‘the interpreter of Peter’ who set down ‘accurately though not in order’ Peter's memories of Jesus' words and activities.

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Papias (pā´pēəs), fl. AD 130, early Christian theologian said to have been bishop of Hieropolis and a friend of St. Polycarp. Papias' five-volume work, Oracles; or, Explanations of the Sayings of the Lord, survives only in fragments quoted by Eusebius of Caesarea and St. Irenaeus. These are valuable sources for the history of the church.