Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic FathersPaperback Penguin Classics Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
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- Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
- Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 18mm | 113g
- Publication date: 1 September 1987
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140444750
- ISBN 13: 9780140444759
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: map, bibliography
- Sales rank: 51,178
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.
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Maxwell Staniforth also edited Marcus Aurelius' Meditations for the Penguin Classics. Andrew Louth is Professor of Byzantine studies in the Department of Theology at the University of Durham. Maxwell Staniforth also edited Marcus Aurelius' Meditations for the Penguin Classics. Andrew Louth is Professor of Byzantine studies in the Department of Theology at the University of Durham.