Clement of Rome’s First Epistle to the Corinthians is a supremely valuable historical document. One of very few noncanonical Christian texts to reach us from the first century, it’s an early example of the exercise of hierarchical—and Roman—authority in the Church. Disciplinary in nature, Clement’s epistle speaks volumes about the life of the early church. The early Christians guarded the letter fiercely, risking their own lives to preserve it for generations to come.
In Clement and the Early Church of Rome: On the Dating of Clement’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, Thomas Herron presents painstaking research in favor of an earlier dating for the epistle. Carefully examining both external and internal evidence surrounding the letter, he sketches out the historical, theological, and apologetic significance an earlier dating would have. His scholarship sheds new light on the dating questions that plague this early document and offers insight into the structural history of the post apostolic church.
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- Provides a general background for the dating question
- Examines internal and external evidence surrounding the letter
- Includes an appendix and selected bibliography
- The Internal Evidence
- The New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers
- Theological Implications of an Earlier Dating Hypothesis
- Summary Conclusions
Praise for the Print Edition
I am dependent . . . upon the brilliant analysis by Thomas J. Herron.
—Clayton Jefford, St. Meinrad School of Theology, The Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament
- Title: Clement and the Early Church of Rome: On the Dating of Clement’s First Epistle to the Corinthians
- Author: Thomas Herron
- Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
- Publication Date: 2008
- Pages: 116
About Thomas Herron
Thomas Herron (1948–2004) served for many years as an official of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was the English-language secretary for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI.