The writings in this volume shed a glimmer of light, in an otherwise dark period,
on the emerging traditions and organization of the infant Church. They are a
selection from a group know as the Apostolic Fathers, so-called because several
of the authors were most likely disciples of the Apostles themselves. Like much
of the New Testament, their writings take the form of letters, and for the most
part deal with practical problems of the life of the early Church, as it struggled
in the face of persecution to establish itself in the Roman world. They give
us a picture of Christianity still drawing on the theology and traditions of
its parent religion, Judaism.
Early Christian Writings includes: The First Epistle of Clement to the
Corinthians, The Epistles of Ignatius, The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philipians
and the Martyrdom of Polycarp, The Epistle to Diognetus, The Epistle of Barnabas,
and The Didache.
Softbound. 208 pp.