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by Maxwell Staniforth

eBook Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers epub
  • ISBN: 0880290749
  • Author: Maxwell Staniforth
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: World
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dorset Books (July 1, 1986)
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • ePUB size: 1273 kb
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The writings in this volume cast a glimmer of light upon the emerging traditions and organization of the infant church, during an otherwise little-known period of its development.

The following are early church fathers and apologists of the first and second centuries. These are the church fathers and apologists that can be read on the Early Christian Writings web site. The first eight or nine documents are also known as the Apostolic Fathers. The writers known as the church fathers represent the ancient orthodox church as opposed to other elements of ancient Christianity such as Gnosticism.

Maxwell Staniforth Стр. 112 Have nothing to do with such poisonous weeds; they are none of the Father's planting, nor have they Jesus Christ for their husbandman.

Staniforth, Maxwell. Early Christian writings: the Apostolic Fathers. 1891), The Apostolic Fathers: Revised Greek Texts with Introductions and English Translations, Baker Books, 1988 reprint, p. 4, retrieved 21 April 2016. Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1968. p. 14. ISBN 0-14-044197-2. Retrieved 13 January 2017. JB Lightfoot and JR Harmer, ed. (1891), The Apostolic Fathers: Revised Greek Texts with Introductions and English Translations, Baker Books, 1988 reprint, p.

Book Format: Choose an option. If you're looking for a brief collection of early Christian writings, this one hits all the high points. For someone wanting a taste of the emerging church, Christianity in its infancy, nothing beats reading the letters and theological treatises themselves, and this is a good collection. Nothing fancy; the introduction is short and the notes are sparse, limited primarily to historical settings, so you're getting it from the horses' mouths.

Maxwell Staniforth, Andrew Louth. The writings in this volume cast a glimmer of light upon the emerging traditions and organization of the infant church, during an otherwise little-known period of its development.

This book has hardback covers.Ex-library,With usual stamps and markings,In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy.No dust jacket.
Comments: (7)
Marr
Excellent translation of very important early texts. Nice, brief introductions to each text, as well as a few explanatory notes on obscure sayings or references. There were quite a few typos, obviously indicating that whatever software was used to convert the original written form into electronic text needs to be checked. I noted and sent in about 20 such errors as I read the book.

As far as the content is concerned, these are must read texts for Christians, especially in the West. They provide a peek into what Christianity originally was...not what it has become as reflected in modern Evangelicalism. I think that there is no true Christan who can read these works and not be convicted and challenged.

After reading this I'm moving on to Eusebius's 'Ecclesiastical History' in the hope of more completely filling in the picture of Christ's Church in its earliest days. I'm finding that there is a profundity and treasure in the old that simply has been lost in most quarters of the Church today. I'm also beginning to wonder if the reason that there are not many martyrs in the West, is because there is not much actual Christianity. Surely the residual peace from a now waining Christian culture is partly the reason (and something to be thankful for!), but deep down, I think many professing Christians struggle with the thought of actually living and rendering this kind of ultimate witness to Christ. And, I think that this is because so many haven't actually found the living Christ or are not sure about their own individual faith (another matter for another time).

Reading the writings of these first post-Apostolic Fathers is to enter a world of belief and confidence of faith that speaks of truly knowing Christ as the resurrected Lord of all the earth. These men--these martyrs--knew Him and the power of His resurrection, thus desiring to be conformed to Him even in His death. There is nothing here that resembles the "your best life now", "Blessed!" type religion that passes for Christianity in today's affluent West.

This is a raw look at the true Church of the Savior of the world. Read it and be ready to be rocked. Read it and be ready to be edified and roused and surprised by a depth of faith that you (or at least some of us) have not yet experienced.
Wymefw
The early Christians knew the apostles or the apostles disciples. Many heard his words from those who had known him. A letter by Clement of Rome describes the early Corinthians as offering their humility to another before it was required. A society where no one counted themselves more worthy than another, where their compassion was a first experience of them. He then chronicles how that spiritual family called out from the world began to fall back into their minds, senses and ambitions and how they could return to the spirit of Christ. A lesson, I think as a Christian, all Christians might find enlightening and inspirational.
Leniga
This anthology of several of the early apostolic fathers epistles and other writings provides a window into early Christianity that will delight the lay reader and remind the curious of the basic foundations of Christian dogma and theology. Included in the anthology are the epistles of Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, Clement of Rome, The Epistle of Barnabas, the Didache, the Martyrdom of Polycarp and others. Before each major element, the editor provides the reader with a brief biography and theological and historical context for the work, as well as extensive and interesting end notes.

I will concur with several of the other reviewers that there are other writings, such as the Shepard of Hermas, that are perhaps even more poignant and valuable in a study of early Christian writing, however, this collection is excellent and belongs in any library where this subject or similar subjects are contemplated and studied.
Daron
This is a wonderful collection of early Christian writings. The notes and introductions are helpful, and Staniforth gives a great translation (as he does for Penguin's edition of the "Meditations.") I wish that 2nd Clement and the Shepherd of Hermas were included. I own both the paperback and the kindle version. The paperback would receive 5 stars, but there are some errors in the kindle version that are quite distracting (though some are consistent.) Consider the following: "love first the Lard thy creator", "in quiet submission to Hun" (these are two common errors) as well as some others: "we ought surely txo detect...", "m my sight", "the hope of as all", or "who did not sin, neither VMS guile found in his mouth."

These are just a few. There are many, and while you can usually figure out the meaning, the mistakes are distracting.
Sardleem
Decidedly Protestant slant to this translation. I read multiple translations by others from all sorts of backgrounds and this particular version adds words no on else does in order to fit the particular theology of the translator.
Cel
I found this book to be invigorating and inspiring. The idea is amazing to know that the new testament are not the only writings we have from the early church in the new testament. What if I told you we have writings from the followers of Paul? What if it were the followers of Paul addressed to the same Corinthian church in the new testament? It is the case. What if I told you we have the writings of the Apostle John direct disciples? These writings are just that; with a handful of other jewels from the infant church. In my humble opinion, I do not feel this book is only for the man going through seminary, or getting his degree in the early church. This is a book that every Christian (and non-Christian) should read to understand what the infant church was like in the first several centuries.
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