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Title: The Apostolic Fathers: An Essential Guide
Author: Jefford, Clayton
Publisher: Abingdon Press; Publication Date: 2006
Paperback; ISBN: 9780687342044
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Christian writings from the late first and early second centuries, traditionally considered to have been written by those connected with the Apostles, and therefore reflecting authentic Apostolic teaching. These writings include 1 Clement, 2 Clement, Ignatius, Polycarp, Didache, Barnabas, Papias, Hermas, Martyrdom of Polycarp, Diognetus, and Quadratus. Considering their historical context, the Apostolic Fathers bear directly on the study of the New Testament, the development of the early Church, and the history of Christian theology.The Apostolic Fathers: An Essential Guide will explain the nature of the collected writings as they stand between the world of the New Testament and later Christian writers, focusing upon what the texts say about ancient Christian thinkers, early church developments, and the evolution of theological ideas prior to the great ecumenical councils.Chapter Outline:Chapter 1: The Collected WritingsChapter 2: People and PlacesChapter 3: Connections to ScriptureChapter 4: Theological IdeasChapter 5: Structures of the Ancient Church Chapter 6: Roots of the Patristic TraditionClayton N. Jefford is Professor of Scripture at Saint Meinrad School of Theolgy and is the Secretary-Treasurer of the North American Patristics Society. He has written and edited six volumes and is best known for his research in the fields of the Didache and the Apostolic Fathers.