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Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers
Translated by Maxwell Staniforth
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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.
The value of these writings to posterity is inestimable. They are translated here by Maxwell Staniforth into smooth English prose, and this edition contains a new introduction by Andrew Louth which describes the fascinating history and discovery of the writings.
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