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Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers (Penguin Classics) (original 1968; edition 1987)

by Andrew Louth, Maxwell Staniforth (Translator)

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Title:Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Andrew Louth
Other authors:Maxwell Staniforth (Translator)
Info:Penguin Classics (1987), Edition: Revised, Paperback, 208 pages
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Christianity, Literature
  CPI | Jul 29, 2016 |
The writings in this volume cast a glimmer of light upon the emerging traditions and organization of the infant church, during an otherwise little-known period of its development. A selection of letters and small-scale theological treatises from a group known as the Apostolic Fathers, several of whom were probably disciples of the Apostles, they provide a first-hand account of the early Church and outline a form of early Christianity still drawing on the theology and traditions of its parent religion, Judaism. Included here are the first Epistle of Bishop Clement of Rome, an impassioned plea for harmony; The Epistle of Polycarp; The Epistle of Barnabas; The Didache; and the Seven Epistles written by Ignatius of Antioch - among them his moving appeal to the Romans that they grant him a martyr's death.
  Priory | Sep 19, 2013 |
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 Corinthians
Seven epistles of Ignatius
The epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians
The martyrdom of Polycarp
The epistle of Diognetus
The epistle of Barnabas
The Didache

This is a Penguin Classic, translated by Maxwell Staniforth with commentary by Andrew Louth. ( )
  DubiousDisciple | Oct 2, 2011 |
According to my teacher in Seminary, who also taught Greek, this is a loose translation. OK to read, but to research get a different translation.
  Bidwell-Glaze | Nov 4, 2010 |
A fantastic collection of writings from the early Church fathers. Some of the documents, like the Epistle of Barnabas, are a little strange, but worth the read. Great book! ( )
  erikssonfamily | Oct 3, 2009 |
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To A.L.M.

My dear Amanda,

I have not forgotten your puzzled curiosity while I was writing this book, nor the many questions you asked about 'all those old holies' and their doings.
Translator's Note -- Kirsopp Lake's edition of the Apostolic Fathers in the Loeb Classical Library provides a good Greek text that is easily accessible, and so this is the one I have mainly used.
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