By Bart D. Ehrman
The writings of the Apostolic Fathers supply a wealthy and numerous photo of Christian existence and inspiration within the interval instantly after New testomony occasions. a few of them have been accorded virtually Scriptural authority within the early Church. This new Loeb variation of those crucial texts displays present idiom and the most recent scholarship.
listed here are the Letters of Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, one of the most famed files of early Christianity; those letters, addressing middle theological questions, have been written to a part dozen diverse congregations whereas Ignatius was once en path to Rome as a prisoner, condemned to die within the wild-beast area. additionally during this assortment is a letter to the Philippian church by way of Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna and good friend of Ignatius, in addition to an account of Polycarp's martyrdom. There are numerous sorts of texts within the Apostolic Fathers assortment, representing various spiritual outlooks. The handbook referred to as the Didache units forth precepts for non secular guideline, worship, and ministry. The Epistle of Barnabas searches the previous testomony, the Jewish Bible, for testimony in aid of Christianity and opposed to Judaism. the most generally learn within the early Christian centuries used to be The Shepherd of Hermas, a booklet of revelations that develops a doctrine of repentance.
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