The Ante-Nicene Fathers (10 Volumes) ranges from the Apostolic Fathers to various third  and  fourth  century  sources  including  the liturgies  and ancient Syriac documents.  It was intended  to comprise translations into English of all the extant works of the Fathers  (with the exception of  the more bulky  works of Origen) down to the date of the first General Council held at Nicaea in 325 A.D.  The basic aim  of the translations  has been to strive for literary exactness, placing the English reader as nearly as possible on an equal footing with  those who are able to read the original.  

General Editor : Phillip Schaff (1819-1893), who was born in Switzerland, was educated at Tubingen, Halle, and Berlin, and later took a position as  Professor of Church history  at  German Reformed Seminary in Mercersburg,  Penn., and  Union  Theological Seminary  in New York.  He was involved in  the formation of  the Evangelical Alliance,  the revision  of the English  Bible  (the  Revised Version), and the Alliance of the Reformed Churches.  Schaff was founder of the American Society of Church History and was the author of The History of the Christian Church (8 volumes).                  

Ante-Nicene Fathers—Volume I

Clement of Rome

  • The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians


  • The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus


  • The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians
  • The Encyclical Epistle of the Church at Smyrnam


  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp
  • The Second Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians
  • The Third Epistle of the Same St. Ignatius
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Tarsians
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Antiochians
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to Hero, a Deacon of Antioch
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philippians
  • The Epistle of Maria the Proselyte to Ignatius
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to Mary at Neapolis, Near Zarbus
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to St. John the Apostle
  • A Second Epistle of Ignatius to St. John
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Virgin Mary
  • The Martyrdom of Ignatius


  • The Epistle of Barnabas
  • Fragments of Papias

Justin Martyr

  • The First Apology of Justin
  • The Second Apology of Justin
  • Dialogue of Justin
  • Justin's Hortatory Address to the Greeks
  • Justin on the Sole Government of God
  • Fragments of the Lost Work of Justin on the Resurrection
  • Other Fragments from the Lost Writings of Justin
  • The Martyrdom of the Holy Martyrs


  • Irenaeus Against Heresies
  • Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus

Ante-Nicene Fathers—Volume II

The Pastor of Hermas

  • Book First—Visions
  • Book Second—Commandments
  • Book Third—Similitudes


  • Address of Tatian to the Greeks

Theophilus of Antioch

  • Theophilus to Autolycus

Writings of Athenagoras

  • A Plea For the Christians
  • On the Resurrection of the Dead

Clement of Alexandria

  • Exhortation to the Heathen
  • The Instructor. [Paedagogus.]
  • The Stromata, or Miscellanies
  • Fragments of Clemens Alexandrinus
  • Who is the Rich Man that Shall Be Saved?

Ante-Nicene Fathers—Volume III


  • The Apology
  • On Idolatry
  • The Shows, or De Spectaculis
  • The Chaplet, or De Corona
  • To Scapula
  • Ad Nationes
  • Appendix
  • An Answer to the Jews
  • The Soul's Testimony
  • A Treatise on the Soul
  • The Prescription Against Heretics
  • The Five Books Against Marcion
  • Against Hermogenes
  • Against the Valentinians
  • On the Flesh of Christ
  • On the Resurrection of the Flesh
  • Against Praxeas
  • Scorpiace
  • Appendix. Against All Heresies
  • On Repentance
  • On Baptism
  • On Prayer
  • Ad Martyras
  • The Passion of the Holy Martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas
  • Of Patience

Ante-Nicene Fathers—Volume IV


  • I. On the Pallium
  • II. On the Apparel of Women
  • III. On the Veiling of Virgins
  • IV. To His Wife
  • V. On Exhortation to Chastity
  • VI. On Monogamy
  • VII. On Modesty
  • VIII. On Fasting. In Opposition to the Psychics
  • IX. De Fuga in Persecutione
  • X. Appendix

Minucius Felix

  • The Octavius of Minucius Felix
  • The Instructions of Commodianus in Favour of Christian Discipline. Against the Gods of the Heathens. (Expressed in Acrostics.)


  • Prologue of Rufinus
  • Origen de Principiis
  • A Letter to Origen from Africanus About the History of Susanna
  • A Letter from Origen to Africanus
  • A Letter from Origen to Gregory
  • Origen Against Celsus

Ante-Nicene Fathers—Volume V


        The Refutation of All Heresies

        The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus


  • The Life and Passion of Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr
  • The Epistles of Cyprian
  • The Treatises of Cyprian
  • The Seventh Council of Carthage Under Cyprian
  • Treatises Attributed to Cyprian on Questionable Authority


  • Fragments of Caius


  • A Treatise of Novatian Concerning the Trinity
  • On the Jewish Meats


  • Acts and Records of the Famous Controversy About the Baptism of Heretics
  • A Treatise Against the Heretic Novatian by an Anonymous Bishop
  • A Treatise on Re-Baptism by an Anonymous Writer

Ante-Nicene Fathers—Volume VI


  • The Works of Dionysius Extant Fragments
  • Exegetical Fragments

Julius Africanus

  • The Extant Writings of Julius Africanus

Anatolius and Minor Writers

  • The Paschal Canon of Anatolius of Alexandria
  • Fragments of the Books on Arithmetic

Alexander of Cappadocia

  • From the Epistles of Alexander

Theognostus of Alexandria

  • From His Seven Books of Hypotyposes or Outlines

Pierius of Alexandria

  • I.—A Fragment of a Work of Pierius on the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
  • II.—A Section on the Writings of Pierius

Theonas of Alexandria

  • The Epistle of Theonas, Bishop of Alexandria, to Lucianus, the Chief Chamberlain


  • Fragments of the Epistle of Phileas to the People of Thmuis
  • The Epistle of the Same Phileas of Thmuis to Meletius, Bishop of Lycopolis


  • An Exposition of the Chapters of the Acts of the Apostles


  • I.—The Epistle Written by Malchion
  • II.—Fragments Apparently of the Same Epistle of the Synod of Antioch
  • III.—From the Acts of the Disputation Conducted by Malchion Against Paul of Samosata
  • IV.—A Point in the Same Disputation


  • The Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes


  • Of the Manichaeans

Peter, Bishop of Alexandria

  • The Genuine Acts of Peter
  • The Canonical Epistle
  • Fragments from the Writings of Peter


  • Epistles on the Arian Heresy


  • The Banquet of the Ten Virgins
  • Concerning Free-Will
  • From the Discourse on the Resurrection
  • Fragments
  • Oration Concerning Simeon and Anna
  • Oration on the Psalms
  • Three Fragments from the Homily on the Cross and Passion of Christ
  • Some Other Fragments of the Same Methodius


  • The Seven Books of Arnobius Against the Heathen. (Adversus Gentes.)

Ante-Nicene Fathers—Volume VII


  • The Divine Institutes
  • The Epitome of the Divine Institutes
  • A Treatise on the Anger of God
  • On the Workmanship of God, or the Formation of Man
  • Of the Manner in Which the Persecutors Died
  • Fragments of Lactantius
  • The Phoenix
  • A Poem on the Passion of the Lord


  • On Easter

Asterius Urbanus

  • The Extant Writings of Asterius Urbanus


  • On the Creation of the World
  • Commentary on the Apocalypse of the Blessed John


  • Against the Sabellians

Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions

  • The Lord's Teaching Through the Twelve Apostles to the Nations
  • Constitutions of the Holy Apostles


  • The Homily

Nicene Council

  • The Nicene Creed

Early Liturgies

  • The Divine Liturgy of James
  • The Divine Liturgy of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark
  • The Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles

Ante-Nicene Fathers—Volume VIII

The Twelve Patriarchs

  • The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs


  • Excerpts of Theodotus

Clement of Rome

  • Two Epistles Concerning Virginity
  • Two Epistles Concerning Virginity—The First Epistle of the Blessed Clement
  • Two Epistles Concerning Virginity—The Second Epistle of the Same Clement

Pseudo-Clementine Literature

  • Recognitions of Clement
  • Epistle of Peter to James
  • Epistle of Clement to James
  • The Clementine Homilies

Apocrypha of the New Testament

  • The Protevangelium of James
  • The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew
  • The Gospel of the Nativity of Mary
  • The History of Joseph the Carpenter
  • The Gospel of Thomas
  • The Arabic Gospel of the Infancy of the Saviour
  • The Gospel of Nicodemus
  • The Letter of Pontius Pilate
  • The Report of Pilate the Procurator
  • The Giving Up of Pontius Pilate
  • The Death of Pilate, Who Condemned Jesus
  • The Narrative of Joseph
  • The Avenging of the Saviour
  • Acts of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
  • The Story of Perpetua
  • Acts of Paul and Thecla
  • The Acts of Barnabas
  • The Acts of Philip
  • Acts and Martyrdom of the Holy Apostle Andrew
  • Acts of Andrew and Matthias
  • Acts of the Holy Apostles Peter and Andrew
  • Acts and Martyrdom of St. Matthew the Apostle
  • Acts of the Holy Apostle Thomas
  • Acts of the Holy Apostle Thomas
  • Consummation of Thomas the Apostle
  • Martyrdom of the Holy and Glorious Apostle Bartholomew
  • Acts of the Holy Apostle Thaddaeus, One of the Twelve
  • Acts of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian
  • Revelation of Moses
  • Word and Revelation of Esdras
  • Revelation of Paul
  • Revelation of Saint John the Theologian
  • The Account of St. John the Theologian
  • The Passing of Mary

The Decretals

  • The Epistles of Zephyrinus
  • The Epistles of Pope Callistus
  • The Epistle of Pope Urban First
  • The Epistles of Pope Pontianus
  • Pope Anterus The Epistle
  • The Epistles of Pope Fabian
  • Decrees of Fabian

Memoirs of Edessa

  • Relating to the Earliest Establishment of Christianity in Edessa and the Neighbouring Countries
  • A Canticle of Mar Jacob the Teacher on Edessa
  • Extracts from Various Books Concerning Abgar the King and Addaeus the Apostle

Ancient Syriac Documents

  • The Teaching of Addaeus the Apostle
  • The Teaching of the Apostles
  • The Teaching of Simon Cephas In the City of Rome
  • Acts of Sharbil,
  • Further, the Martyrdom of Barsamya,
  • Martyrdom of Habib the Deacon
  • Martyrdom Of the Holy Confessors
  • History of Armenia
  • Homily on Habib the Martyr
  • A Homily on Guria and Shamuna
  • Bardesan
  • A Letter of Mara, Son of Serapion
  • Ambrose

Remains of the Second and Third Centuries

  • Quadratus, Bishop of Athens
  • Aristo of Pella
  • Melito, the Philosopher
  • Hegesippus
  • Dionysius, Bishop of Corinth
  • Rhodon
  • Maximus Bishop of Jerusalem
  • Claudius Apollinaris, Bishop of Hierapolis, and Apologist
  • Polycrates Bishop of Ephesus
  • Theophilus Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine
  • Serapion Bishop of Antioch
  • Apollonius
  • Pantaenus The Alexandrian Philosopher
  • Pseud-Irenaeus
  • The Letter of the Churches of Vienna and Lugdunum to the Churches of Asia and Phrygia

Ante-Nicene Fathers—Volume X

Works Connected with the Gospels

  • The Gospel According to Peter
  • Synoptical Table of the Four Canonical Gospels and the Gospel According to Peter
  • The Diatessaron of Tatian

Apocalypses and Romances

  • The Apocalypse of Peter
  • The Vision of Paul
  • The Apocalypse of the Holy Mother of God Concerning the Chastisements
  • The Apocalypse of Sedrach
  • The Testament of Abraham
  • Life and Conduct of the Holy Women Xanthippe, Polyxena, and Rebecca
  • The Narrative of Zosimus Concerning the Life of the Blessed

The Epistles of Clement

  • The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians
  • The Second Epistle of Clement
  • The Apology of Aristides
  • The Passion of the Scillitan Martyrs


  • Letter of Origen to Gregory
  • Origen's Commentary on the Gospel of John
  • From the Second Book of the Commentary on the Gospel According to Matthew


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