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The Didache: A Window on the Earliest ChristiansThe Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians
Thomas O'Loughlin
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The Didache (or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) is one of the earliest Christian writings, compiled and used from 50-70 CE before the four gospels became prevalent. Rather than preaching the good news about Jesus, it provides practical instructions on how a Christian community should function and offers a unique glimpse into how the earliest believers lived and worshipped.

Document expert O'Loughlin shares the story of this first-century manual for training converts from its discovery in an obscure library in Istanbul in the late nineteenth century to the present and then offers an analysis of the text's importance. His new translation, along with a commentary, highlights areas of key interest to Christians today: the faith and hope, discipline and rituals, and anxieties and challenges facing Gentiles being trained for full participation in the earliest Jewish-Christian communities.
     

 
Documents in Early Christian ThoughtDocuments in Early Christian Thought
Maurice Wiles, Mark Santer

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The purpose of this book is to bring within a single volume a representative selection of extracts from writings of early Christian Fathers, covering the main areas of Christian thought. The extracts, for the most part are newly translated by the editors, and are arranged by topic under the following: God, Trinity, Christ, Holy Spirit, Sin and Grace, Tradition and Scripture, Church, Sacraments, Christian Living, Church and Society, and Final Goal.

Care has been taken to reflect the full range of writing on these themes--exposition and commentary, homily, epistle and polemic--and the extracts are of sufficient length to show the distinctive flavour of each individual writer. Annotation has been kept to a minimum, but each main section has a short introduction which places the extracts in their particular context within the development of Christian thought.
     

 

 

 

 

 
The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations, 3rd editionThe Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations, 3rd edition
Michael W. Holmes
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Following the recent publication of his thoroughly revised translations in The Apostolic Fathers in English, 3rd ed., Michael Holmes, a leading expert on these texts, offers a thoroughly revised and redesigned bilingual edition, featuring Greek (or Latin) and English on facing pages. Introductions and bibliographies are generous and up to date. In the textual apparatus, existing notes have been revised and expanded, and well over two hundred new notes have been added. This handsome and handy one-volume, thin-paper edition, with a ribbon marker and reader-friendly page layout is a great addition to your library.

Michael W. Holmes (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies and early Christianity at Bethel University. A leading scholar of the Apostolic Fathers, he is writing a major critical commentary on Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians and The Martyrdom of Polycarp, and (with David de Silva) a substantial introduction to the Apostolic Fathers (forthcoming from Baker Academic).
     


 
The Apostolic Fathers in English, 3rd ed.The Apostolic Fathers in English, 3rd ed.
Michael W. Holmes
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Michael W. Holmes, a leading text critic and scholar of the Apostolic Fathers, offers a highly readable translation of the most significant body of proto-orthodox early Christian writings after the New Testament. This authoritative and contemporary translation is in the tradition of the magisterial J. B. Lightfoot and J. R. Harmer version but is thoroughly up to date.

The third edition features numerous changes, including carefully revised translations and a new, more user-friendly design. The introduction, notes, and bibliographies have been freshly revised as well.
     


 
The Apostolic FathersThe Apostolic Fathers
Clayton N. Jefford
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Peter and Paul in Acts: A Comparison of Their Ministries: A Study in New Testament Apostolic MinistryPeter and Paul in Acts: A Comparison of Their Ministries: A Study in New Testament Apostolic Ministry
David Spell
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Acts is arguably the most exciting book in the New Testament. It covers the tumultuous early years of Christianity and narrates the growth of the church throughout the Roman Empire. Luke tells this story by focusing primarily on two men, Peter and Paul.

This book examines their apostolic ministries as they are revealed within the pages of The Acts of the ApostlesTheir apostolic ministries are examined in the context of several different components: Leadership, Evangelism and Church Planting, Miracle Working and Healing, and Mystical or Supernatural Experiences.

These categories are shown to detail particular aspects of each man's apostleship work. These categories provide a convenient way to compare and contrast the type of ministry that each apostle performed, as described by Luke. Spell also devotes a chapter each to Luke's literary method and the relationship of Peter and Paul as seen in their letters. These two chapters lay important groundwork for examining the apostles.

This book will provide the reader with valuable insights from Scripture that they can apply to their own lives and ministry. By looking at how Peter and Paul conducted their ministries in the first century, we can be more effective in the twenty-first.
     

 
Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic FathersEarly Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers
Maxwell Staniforth
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These letters and short theological treatises provide a rich guide to the emerging traditions and organizations of the infant Church.
     
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