The Apostolic Fathers: Vol. 1   -     By: Bart D. Ehrman
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Harvard University Press / 2003 / Hardcover

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This new Loeb edition of essential texts from the Apostolic Fathers reflects the latest emendations in light of modern idiom and current scholarship. Some of these writings were accorded almost Scriptural authority in the early Church, such as 1 and 2 Clement, the first of which, is a letter addressed to the church at Corinth from the church at Rome. Also included in this volume are the letters of Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, which were written while Ignatius was literally en route to his martyrdom in Rome. Additionally, the volume contains the letter of Polycarp to the Philippians, the famous account of Polycarp's martyrdom, and the Didache, which functioned as an early church manual for religious, worship, and ministry instruction. All of the texts appear in their original Greek and contain a page by page English translation.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 464
Vendor: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 6.38 X 4.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0674996070
ISBN-13: 9780674996076
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Series: Loeb Classical Library

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The writings of the Apostolic Fathers give a rich and diverse picture of Christian life and thought in the period immediately after New Testament times. Some of them were accorded almost Scriptural authority in the early Church. This new Loeb edition of these essential texts reflects current idiom and the latest scholarship.

Here are the Letters of Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, among the most famous documents of early Christianity; these letters, addressing core theological questions, were written to a half dozen different congregations while Ignatius was en route to Rome as a prisoner, condemned to die in the wild-beast arena. Also in this collection is a letter to the Philippian church by Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna and friend of Ignatius, as well as an account of Polycarp's martyrdom. There are several kinds of texts in the Apostolic Fathers collection, representing different religious outlooks. The manual called the "Didache" sets forth precepts for religious instruction, worship, and ministry. The Epistle of Barnabas searches the Old Testament, the Jewish Bible, for testimony in support of Christianity and against Judaism. Probably the most widely read in the early Christian centuries was "The Shepherd" of Hermas, a book of revelations that develops a doctrine of repentance.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 13, 2011
    Murray Barker
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    I have ordered only Vol 1 of this set, as my particlular interest was only in the writings of those early ministers who were taught personally by the Apostles. The parallel Greek-English style is very helpful and aids in personal translation of the original text.

    The letters of Clement were particularly interesting due to them serving as sermon type material explaining what the Apostles and prophets said in an abridged fashion. This is very valuable, as there can be no better authority on Earth to provide such explanation than one who was taught by the Apostles themselves.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 13, 2007
    Charles Ritter
    Having these writings in both their original Greek texts and an English translation makes this an excellent set of books. The translations, out of Harvard, have a liberal slant. Still, I highly recommend this set to any student of advanced Greek, anyone interested in historical theology, or to any Christian looking to be enriched by the words of some of the very first Christian thinkers. While so many Christians today have read the works of Max Lucado, Rick Warren, and Chuck Swindoll; so few have received the blessings that come from the words of those such as Ignatius, Clement, and Polycarp.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 6, 2006
    Ron Thibeault
    This is an awesome book. It provides wonderful insight into what was going on in the church after Paul. A must read for all of those who want to know more about the history of the church.
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