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Jefford provides the basic historical information on each text including its provenance and associated problems while also discussing manuscript evidence. Each chapter is arranged in a question-answer format, and near the end of each chapter an outline is given and any connection to the biblical material is noted. Lastly, Jefford also provides a succinct but quite helpful bibliography for extended reading on each letter. Supplemental charts and maps round out this volume nicely.
- The Letter of Barnabas
- The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles
- The Letters of Ignatius
- The Fragments of Papias
- The Letter of Polycarp to the Philippians
- The Martyrdom of Polycarp
- The First Letter of Clement
- The Second Letter of Clement
- The Shepherd of Hermes
- The Letter of Diognetus
|Title: Reading the Apostolic Fathers: A Student's Introduction, Second Edition|
By: Clayton N. Jefford
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Stock No: WW048570
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-D. Jeffrey Bingham,
chair and professor of theological studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
Reading the Apostolic Fathers provides a succinct but comprehensive introduction to Christian literature of the 'sub-apostolic' age. It provides the basic background information needed to read these texts intelligently and provides bibliographical aids for further study. The work will be of special interest to students beginning their study of the history of early Christianity.
-Harold W. Attridge,
Yale Divinity School
This book, intended as a quick and simple guide to the Apostolic Fathers, achieves its goals admirably. The consistency of the format, the clarity of the organization and writing, and the inclusion of numerous tables, maps, and a handy glossary ensure that anyone encountering these documents for the first time will find here a reliable and user-friendly introduction to an often strange and mysterious world.
A welcome addition to the field of early Christian studies...Particularly useful are the diagrams, tables, and maps which help the reader place the author/document in his/its literary and historical context...This study represents a useful introduction to the Apostolic Fathers which can be used as a beginning for a further, deeper study of the literature of the early church.
-Roger S. Evans,
Journal of Early Christian Studies
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