The Apostolic Fathers, Volume 1: I Clement. II Clement.

The writings of the Apostolic Fathers supply a wealthy and various photo of Christian lifestyles and inspiration within the interval instantly after New testomony instances. a few of them have been accorded nearly Scriptural authority within the early Church. This new Loeb version of those crucial texts displays present idiom and the newest scholarship.

Here are the Letters of Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, one of the most renowned files of early Christianity; those letters, addressing middle theological questions, have been written to a part dozen varied congregations whereas Ignatius used to be 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 through Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna and pal of Ignatius, in addition to an account of Polycarp's martyrdom. There are numerous types of texts within the Apostolic Fathers assortment, representing assorted non secular outlooks. The handbook known as the Didache units forth precepts for spiritual guideline, worship, and ministry. The Epistle of Barnabas searches the previous testomony, the Jewish Bible, for testimony in help of Christianity and opposed to Judaism. essentially the most largely learn within the early Christian centuries used to be The Shepherd of Hermas, a publication of revelations that develops a doctrine of repentance.

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Ch. 60) is replaced by a sense of opposition. This is not to mention the wide theological variation within Roman Christianity evidenced still some decades later by the followers of Justin Martyr, Marcion, and the Christian Gnostic Valentinus, prominent leaders of Christian groups scattered throughout the city. And so it is difficult to draw conclusions about the au­ thorship of the letter. Its later attribution to the sole bishop of the city, Clement, may represent a "best guess" by later Christians, or may even have been an orthodox claim used to bolster their own position vis-a-vis other groups con­ tending for power in the church.

This is not to mention the wide theological variation within Roman Christianity evidenced still some decades later by the followers of Justin Martyr, Marcion, and the Christian Gnostic Valentinus, prominent leaders of Christian groups scattered throughout the city. And so it is difficult to draw conclusions about the au­ thorship of the letter. Its later attribution to the sole bishop of the city, Clement, may represent a "best guess" by later Christians, or may even have been an orthodox claim used to bolster their own position vis-a-vis other groups con­ tending for power in the church.

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