Apostolic Fathers in Greek and English (Lake Edition)
Logos Bible Software 1912
The writings of the Apostolic Fathers give a rich and diverse picture of Christian life and thought in the period immediately after New Testament times, addressing core theological questions. These writings provide significant and unparalleled insight into the Christian movement during a critical transitional stage in its history and are a primary resource for the study of early Christianity.
These early Christian writings shed light not only on theological developments, but on issues of canonicity, lexicography, and ecclesiology. They are cited extensively both in lexicons (e.g., BDAG and TDNT) and commentaries (e.g., NAC and WBC). BDAG, for example, contains nearly 2,500 references to the letters of Ignatius alone! Read more about the value of the Apostolic Fathers for biblical studies.
These resources are available as part of The Apostolic Fathers in Greek and English (3 Editions, with Morphology)
Apostolic Fathers and Early Church Fathers
How are the "Apostolic Fathers" different from the "Early Church Fathers"? In brief, the writings known as the Apostolic Fathers include only the texts thought to have been written by people who knew the Apostles or were one degree separated from them. English translations (Edinburgh Edition) of the Apostolic Fathers texts have been available for Logos Bible Software 4 as part of the Early Church Fathers collection, but the original Greek texts have not yet been published electronically for the system.
The Encyclopedia of Christianity explains the origins of the term thus, "The phrase 'Apostolic Fathers' goes back to a 1672 Paris edition prepared by J.-B. Cotelier entitled Ss. Patrum qui temporibus apostolicis floruerunt … opera. This work contained Barnabas, 1 and 2 Clement, the epistles of Ignatius and Polycarp, Martyrdom of Polycarp, and Hermas. Although the historicity is debatable, the phrase has secured a place in historical study. It now applies also to Didache, the Epistle to Diognetus, the Quadratus Fragment, and the fragments of Papias."
The Apostolic Fathers, with an English Translation by Kirsopp Lake
- From the Loeb Classical Library
- Edited by G. P. Goold
- First published 1912 by Harvard University Press, Cambridge
Contains brief introductions. This is the compact edition used for years by students everywhere.
- Title: Apostolic Fathers in Greek and English (Lake Edition)
- Publisher: Logos Research Systems