The Apostolic Fathers: An Introduction
is a superb introduction to the key writings of the generation of Christians that immediately followed the Apostles. Eleven leading experts each examine a different document produced by the Apostolic Fathers. Those writings include:
- The Didiache
- The Epistle of Barnabas
- The First Epistle of Clement
- The Seciond Epistle of Clement
- The Epistles of Ignatius of Antioch
- The Epistle of Polycarp
- The Martyrdom of Polycarp
- The Papyias Documents
Each treatment provides discussion on topics such as textual integrity, authorship, and historicity, and the theological themes from each letter. The book's last chapter ties the commentary on these documents by looking at them in their original context and translating their significance to modern Christianity.
The Apostolic Fathers represents the best and latest in German-language scholarship on the Apostolic Fathers--now available in this exclusive English edition. Crafted by an expert team of scholars, The Apostolic Fathers offers introductions to the works comprising this early Christian corpus, fully equipped with cutting-edge discussion of important topics including theological profiles, intertextuality, intellectual milieus, and anti-Jewish polemics. The foreword by Wilhelm Pratscher and closing chapter by J rg Ulrich cap off this learned handling of the Fathers, locating them within the history of scholarship, even while pointing the way for new avenues of study.
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