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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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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 |
The writings in this volume shed a glimmer of light, in an otherwise dark period, on the emerging traditions and organization of the infant Church. They are a selection from a group known as the Apostolic Fathers, so-called because several of the authors were 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.
2 vote apachurch | Apr 19, 2007 |
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Louth, AndrewEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
BarnabasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clement of RomeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ignatius of AntiochContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
PolycarpContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Staniforth, MaxwellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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BETTY RADICE

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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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