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
, contained oral traditions and legends. The most important of these concern the writing of the gospels
‘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.
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.