The Apostolic Fathers, Volume I: I Clement. II Clement. Ignatius. Polycarp. Didache (Loeb Classical Library)

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Christian Science Monitor - Tom D'evelyn
Ehrman's new Loeb Library edition of The Apostolic Fathers (a title unknown before the 17th century) presents a scholarly edition, with a lively translation, of Christian writings that circulated before the Biblical canon was established.
New England Classical Journal - Despina Prassas
The Apostolic Fathers is a greatly needed and valuable contribution to the field of early Christian literature. The outlined contemporary discussions will enhance one's understanding not only of the texts but of the current methodology and views regarding the reading of the works. The two volumes are highly recommended for graduate students and scholars.
Christian Science Monitor

Ehrman's new Loeb Library edition of The Apostolic Fathers (a title unknown before the 17th century) presents a scholarly edition, with a lively translation, of Christian writings that circulated before the Biblical canon was established.
— Tom D'Evelyn

New England Classical Journal

The Apostolic Fathers is a greatly needed and valuable contribution to the field of early Christian literature. The outlined contemporary discussions will enhance one's understanding not only of the texts but of the current methodology and views regarding the reading of the works. The two volumes are highly recommended for graduate students and scholars.

— Despina Prassas

Christian Science Monitor
Ehrman's new Loeb Library edition of The Apostolic Fathers (a title unknown before the 17th century) presents a scholarly edition, with a lively translation, of Christian writings that circulated before the Biblical canon was established.
— Tom D'Evelyn
New England Classical Journal
The Apostolic Fathers is a greatly needed and valuable contribution to the field of early Christian literature. The outlined contemporary discussions will enhance one's understanding not only of the texts but of the current methodology and views regarding the reading of the works. The two volumes are highly recommended for graduate students and scholars.

— Despina Prassas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674996076
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library Series , #24
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 596,775
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart D. Ehrman is Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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Table of Contents

Preface

General Introduction

First Letter Of Clement

Second Letter Of Clement

Letters Of Ignatius

Letter Of Polycarp

Martyrdom Of Polycarp

Didache

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    An excellent resource

    Volume 1 of 'The Apostolic Fathers' is a great collection of the letters and writings of the early Church. The introductions to each writing are instructive and provide context for the writing as well as academic information regarding authorship and style.

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