Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers

Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers

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ISBN-13: 9780140444759
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1987
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 378,288
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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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Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DubiousDisciple on LibraryThing 5 days ago
If you¿re looking for a brief collection of early Christian writings, this one hits all the high points. For someone wanting a taste of the emerging church, Christianity in its infancy, nothing beats reading the letters and theological treatises themselves, and this is a good collection. Nothing fancy; the introduction is short and the notes are sparse, limited primarily to historical settings, so you¿re getting it from the horses¿ mouths.And what you¿re getting is the founding Fathers, after the excitement of the first century and its expectation of the immediate return of Christ died down. The men who took the scriptures seriously and built a religion for the long haul. Jewish customs are still evident, early doctrine is solidified, martyrs are glorified. Here¿s the lineup:The first epistle of Clement to the CorinthiansSeven epistles of IgnatiusThe epistle of Polycarp to the PhilippiansThe martyrdom of PolycarpThe epistle of DiognetusThe epistle of BarnabasThe DidacheThis is a Penguin Classic, translated by Maxwell Staniforth with commentary by Andrew Louth.
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