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Harvard University Press The Apostolic Fathers: Vol. 1

This new Loeb edition of essential texts from the Apostolic Fathers reflects the latest emendations in light of modern idiom and current scholarship. Some of these writings were accorded almost Scriptural authority in the early Church, such as 1 and 2 Clement, the first of which, is a letter addressed to the church at Corinth from the church at Rome. Also included in this volume are the letters of Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, which were written while Ignatius was literally en route to his martyrdom in Rome. Additionally, the volume contains the letter of Polycarp to the Philippians, the famous account of Polycarp's martyrdom, and the Didache, which functioned as an early church manual for religious, worship, and ministry instruction. All of the texts appear in their original Greek and contain a page by page English translation.
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Date:February 13, 2011
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Murray Barker
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I have ordered only Vol 1 of this set, as my particlular interest was only in the writings of those early ministers who were taught personally by the Apostles. The parallel Greek-English style is very helpful and aids in personal translation of the original text.
The letters of Clement were particularly interesting due to them serving as sermon type material explaining what the Apostles and prophets said in an abridged fashion. This is very valuable, as there can be no better authority on Earth to provide such explanation than one who was taught by the Apostles themselves.
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Date:October 13, 2007
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Charles Ritter
Having these writings in both their original Greek texts and an English translation makes this an excellent set of books. The translations, out of Harvard, have a liberal slant. Still, I highly recommend this set to any student of advanced Greek, anyone interested in historical theology, or to any Christian looking to be enriched by the words of some of the very first Christian thinkers. While so many Christians today have read the works of Max Lucado, Rick Warren, and Chuck Swindoll; so few have received the blessings that come from the words of those such as Ignatius, Clement, and Polycarp.
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Date:October 6, 2006
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Ronald Thibeault
This is an awesome book. It provides wonderful insight into what was going on in the church after Paul. A must read for all of those who want to know more about the history of the church.
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