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Faith of the Early Fathers (3 vols.)

by Jurgens, William A.

Liturgical Press 1970

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Overview

Providing a wide array of early church writings translated into English, Faith of the Early Fathers offers excerpts of critical theological developments in the first seven centuries of Christian history. From Clement of Rome and Polycarp to Augustine and Basil, and from Chrysostom to Ambrose and Jerome, these volumes track the formation of Christian doctrine—both the orthodox and the heretical.

The passages are keyed to the numerical order established in M. J. Rouët de Journel’s Enchiridion Patristicum. But these volumes are not just a translation of that standard work. William A. Jurgens has investigated and selected the most frequently cited patristic passages, including much that is in Rouët’s volume and much that is not. All passages have been freshly and accurately translated from the best critical editions.

Each selection is prefaced with a brief introduction addressing authorship, time and place of composition, and its purpose. Each volume is thoroughly and critically indexed by doctrine, Scripture, and general terms.

Taken together, these three volumes represent a thorough English-language reference book of patristic works. In Logos Bible Software, they become much more. With your guides and expert tools in Logos, these source texts will support your historical-theological research and appear in citations throughout your library, connecting the dots as you investigate the faith of the early fathers.

Key Features

  • Canons and creeds from the councils of the early church
  • Comprehensive indexes that track the formation of dogma and theology
  • Ideal for both scholarly and entry-level work in patristics

Individual Titles

Faith of the Early Fathers: Volume 1

  • Editor: William A. Jurgens
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Publication Date: 1970
  • Pages: 474

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume 1 ends circa 382. Some of the contents include selections from:

  • The Didache (AD 140)
  • “Letter to the Corinthians” by St. Clement of Rome (AD 80)
  • The So-Called Letter of Barnabas (AD 70/79)
  • “Letter to the Ephesians” by St. Ignatius of Antioch (AD 110)
  • “Letter to the Smyrnaeans” by St. Ignatius of Antioch (AD 110)
  • “Letter to the Philippians” by St. Polycarp of Smyrna (AD 69/70)
  • “The Shepherd” by Hermas (AD 140/155)
  • “Apology to Hadrian” by Quadratus (AD 125)
  • “The Resurrection” by St. Justin the Martyr (AD 110–165)
  • “Against Heresies” by St. Irenaeus (AD 180/199)
  • “Presentation of the Apostolic Teaching” by Iranaeus (AD 190/200)
  • “The Flesh of Christ” by Tertullian (AD 208/212)
  • “The Apostolic Tradition” by St. Hippolytus of Rome (AD 215)
  • “The Fundamental Doctrines” by Origen (AD 220–230)
  • “Commentaries on John” by Origen (AD 226–232)
  • The Letters of Pope St. Cornelius I (AD 251–253)
  • The Canons of the Council of Nicaea (AD 325)
  • The Canons of the First Council of Constantinople (AD 381)
  • And much, much more!

Faith of the Early Fathers: Volume 2

  • Editor: William A. Jurgens
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Publication Date: 1979
  • Pages: 316

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Volume 2 concludes with Julian of Eclanum (d. 454). Some of the contents include selections from:

  • “The Holy Spirit” by St. Basil the Great (AD 375)
  • “Homilies on the Psalms” by St. Basil the Great (AD 370)
  • The letters of St. Gregory of Nazianz (AD 330–389)
  • “Commentary on the Canticle of Canticles” by St. Gregory of Nyssa (AD 335–394)
  • “The Trinity” by Didymus the Blind (AD 381–392)
  • “The Priesthood” by St. John Chrysostom (AD 386)
  • “Homilies on the Devil” by St. John Chrysostom (AD 345–407)
  • “Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians” by St. John Chrysostom (AD 393/397)
  • “The Schism of the Donatists” by St. Optatus of Milevius (AD 367)
  • “The Mystery of the Lord’s Incarnation” by St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 382)
  • “Commentaries on the Epistle to the Ephesians” by St. Jerome (AD 386/387)
  • “Dialogue against the Pelagians” by St. Jerome (AD 415)
  • “Free Will” by Pelagius (AD 416)
  • And much, much more!

Faith of the Early Fathers: Volume 3

  • Editor: William A. Jurgens
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Publication Date: 1979
  • Pages: 450

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Volume 3 ends with St. John of Damascene (d. 749). Some of the contents include selections from:

  • “The Morality of the Catholic Church” by St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 388)
  • “Genesis Defended against the Manicheans” by St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 389)
  • “Faith and Works” by St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 413)
  • The letters of Pope St. Innocent I (AD 401–417)
  • The letters of Pope St. Clement I (AD 422–432)
  • “The Incarnation of Christ” by St. John Cassian (AD 360–435)
  • “Commentary on the Twelve Minor Prophets” by St. Cyril of Alexandria (AD 429)
  • “Against the Blasphemes of Nestorius” by St. Cyril of Alexandria (AD 430)
  • “Against Those who Do Not Wish to Confess that the Holy Virgin is the Mother of God” by St. Cyril of Alexandria (AD 430–444)
  • The Canons of the Council of Ephesus (AD 431)
  • “Interpretation of Daniel” by Theodoret of Cyr (AD 393–466)
  • The Sermons of St. Peter Chrysologus (AD 432)
  • “Homilies on the Gospels” by Pope St. Gregory I The Great (AD 590–591)
  • “The Source of Knowledge” by St. John Damascene (AD 743)
  • “Apologetic Sermons against those who Reject Sacred Images” by St. John Damascene (AD 725)
  • And much, much more!

Product Details

  • Title: Faith of the Fathers
  • Editor: William A. Jurgens
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1,240

About the Editor

William A. Jurgens (1928–1982) was an American Roman Catholic priest and historian. In 1956, Jurgens began studies in Rome at the Pontifical Music Institute, while simultaneously earning a doctorate in ecclesiastical history from Gregorian University. Almost immediately thereafter, he joined St. Mary Seminary faculty in Cleveland, and later, taught at Borromeo Seminary, in chant and liturgial music. He would go on to serve as diocesean director of sacred music in Cleveland. In 1977, he was appointed by Bishop James Hickey of Cleveland as the diocesean research historian, commissioned to compile a history of the diocese. The first volume of A History of the Diocese of Cleveland: The Prehistory of the Diocese to its Establishment in 1847 was barely finished before he passed away, and volume two was left in draft form.