The Apostolic Fathers in English

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Michael W. Holmes
Baker Academic, 2006 - Religion - 331 pages
The Apostolic Fathers is an important collection of writings revered by early Christians but not included in the final canon of the New Testament. Here a leading expert on these texts offers an authoritative contemporary translation, in the tradition of the magisterial Lightfoot version but thoroughly up-to-date.

The third edition features numerous changes, including carefully revised translations and a new, more user-friendly design. The introduction, notes, and bibliographies have been freshly revised as well.
 

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Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
7
Abbreviations
13
The Martyrdom of Polycarp
26
First Clement
36
Second Clement
73
The Letters of Ignatius
87
The Letter of Polycarp to the Philippians
130
Introduction
142
The Shepherd of Hermas Introduction
199
Visions
206
Commandments
224
Parables
242
The Epistle to Diognetus Introduction
288
Translation
293
Fragments of Papias Introduction
302
Fragments of Papias
308

Translation
147
The Didache Introduction
157
Translation
163
The Epistle of Barnabas Introduction
172
Translation
177
Additional Fragments from Irenaeus
320
Index of Ancient Sources
323
Maps
332
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Michael W. Holmes (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies and early Christianity at Bethel University. A leading scholar of the Apostolic Fathers, he is currently writing a major critical commentary on Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians and The Martyrdom of Polycarp.

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