Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers

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Letters and small-scale theological treatises giving a rich and powerful articulation of the Christian faith.

The writings in this volume shed a glimmer of light, in an otherwise dark period, on the emerging traditions and organizations of the infant Church. They are a selection from a group known as the Apostolic Fathers, so-called because several of the authors were most likely disciples of the Apostles themselves. Like much of the New Testament, their writings take the form ...

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Overview

Letters and small-scale theological treatises giving a rich and powerful articulation of the Christian faith.

The writings in this volume shed a glimmer of light, in an otherwise dark period, on the emerging traditions and organizations of the infant Church. They are a selection from a group known as the Apostolic Fathers, so-called because several of the authors were most likely disciples of the Apostles themselves. Like much of the New Testament, their writings take the form of letters, and for the most part deal with practical problems of the life of the early Church, as it struggled in the face of persecution to establish itself in the Roman world. They give us a picture of Christianity still drawing on the theology and traditions of its parent religion, Judaism.

Contains the first epistle of Clement to the Corinthians; the epistles of Ignatius to the Ephesians, Romans and Philadelphians; the epistle of Polycarp among others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140444759
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1987
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 151,556
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Louth, born in Lincolnshire and brought up in the north of England, studied Theology at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. From 1970 to 1985 he was Fellow and Chaplain of Worcester College, Oxford, and University Lecturer in Theology, teaching prinipally Patristics. In 1985 he became Reader in History at Goldsmith's College, London. He is the author of The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition (1981), Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology (1983) and Denys the Areopagite (1989). He has also edited Early Christian Writings for the Penguin Classics.

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Table of Contents

Translated by Maxwell Staniforth Revised Translation, Introductions and New Editorial Material by Andrew Louth

General Introduction General Bibliography Note on the Text

The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

The Epistles of Ignatius
To the Ephesians To the Magnesians To the Trallians To the Romans To the Philadelphians To the Smyrnaeans To the Polycarp

The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians and The Martyrdom of Polycarp

The Epistle to Diognetus

The Epistle of Barnabas

The Didache

Map of Ignatius's route

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