Ignatius Theophorus, bishop of Antioch, was an early church father who may have been a student of the Apostle John. He is known by the letters he wrote to the churches, and to his friend Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, personally, on his way to Rome to be martyred in the arena. In these letters he taught against Judaizers and Docetists and urged the churches to unity and episcopal order. Ignatius viewed martyrdom as the culmination of union with Christ, and he was eager to share in Christ’s sufferings through death. He asked in his letters that the churches would pray for him to maintain his eager resolve and be found worthy to die for the name of Christ.