Speaking of the resurrection, Ignatius affirms that Jesus (12)was raised in the flesh. (13)Afterward he appeared to Peter and the disciples and told them to touch his physical body, which they did. (14)Jesus then ate and drank with them after his resurrection. (15)In a statement reminiscent of Lucian, Ignatius also relates that upon believing, the disciples despised death.

A last reference which Ignatius makes concerning the historical Jesus is found in his epistle to the Magnesians: Be ye fully persuaded concerning the birth and the passion and the resurrection, which took place in the time of the governorship of Pontius Pilate; for these things were truly and certainly done by Jesus Christ our hope.^7