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The Greek Fathers for English Readers (5 vols.)


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Explore the fascinating history of early Christianity and deepen your understanding of the Greek Church Fathers with this collection of works by nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century historians. Be inspired by the lives of these saints who lived in a time of open warfare between Christianity and the world and whose thoughts and actions shaped the faith as we live it today. Get to know St. John of Damascus, Clement of Alexandria, and St. Ignatius of Antioch, to name just a few of the figures highlighted. These five volumes—by Henry Scott Holland, Alice Gardner, and F.R. Montgomery Hitchcock, among others—unpack poems, hymns, sermons, doctrine, and more.

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Want even more insight into the early Church Fathers? Take a look at the companion series The Latin Fathers for English Readers (9 vols.).

The Apostolic Fathers by Henry Scott Holland is also available as a part of Classic Studies on the Apostolic Fathers (29 vols.).

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Key Features

  • Examines the life and writings of the early Church Fathers
  • Illuminates the historical context of Christianity’s development
  • Probes early doctrines and theology

Product Details

  • Title: The Greek Fathers for English Readers
  • Series: The Fathers for English Readers
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,175
  • Christian Group: Orthodox
  • Resource Type: Biographies
  • Topic: Church History

Individual Titles

The Defenders of the Faith

  • Author: Frederick Watson
  • Series: The Fathers for English Readers
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 224

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Frederick Watson brings together the writings of the Christian apologists of the second and third centuries, illuminating the “faith, hope, and patient endurance of the early Christians,” who influenced the moral and religious development of the church at a time when “the church and the world were open enemies. . . . [a] bitter struggle which ended in the victory of the church.”

Frederick Watson (1844–1906) was a fellow and theological lecturer at St. John’s College, Cambridge, as well as Tyrwhitt and Crosse scholar and Hulsean lecturer. He served as rector of Starston parish in Norfolk and vicar of St. Edward’s, Cambridge. He was honorable canon of Ely Cathedral and examining chaplain to the bishop of Ely. He also wrote Inspiration.

The Apostolic Fathers

  • Author: Henry Scott Holland
  • Series: The Fathers for English Readers
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1897
  • Pages: 223

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Henry Scott Holland examines the apostolic age, highlighting such early Church Fathers as St. Clement of Rome, St. Ignatius, and St. Polycarp, and expounding upon the epistle of Barnabas and the Shepherd of Hermas.

Henry Scott Holland (1847–1918) was regius professor of divinity at the University of Oxford and a canon of Christ Church, Oxford, and St. Paul’s cathedral. In 1889, he formed the Christian Social Union. His works include Pleas and Claims for Christ, God’s City and the Coming of the Kingdom, The Apostolic Fathers, and Creed and Character: Sermons.

St. John of Damascus

  • Author: Joseph Hirst Lupton
  • Series: The Fathers for English Readers
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1882
  • Pages: 240

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Joseph Hirst Lupton celebrates St. John of Damascus as a poet, hymnist, and theologian of the early church. Lupton examines the writings and life events of St. John—particularly his connection with the rise of Islam. He expounds upon the Greek Church in the eighth century and the Iconoclastic controversy, and presents this influential Church Father’s sermons, hymns, scriptural commentaries, and writings on natural science.

Joseph Hirst Lupton (1836–1905) graduated from St. John’s College, Cambridge, in 1858. He became second classical master at the City of London School, and was ordained in 1860. He became curate of St. Paul’s, Hampstead. He was a fellow of St. John’s College from 1860 to 1863. In 1864, he was appointed surmaster of St. Paul’s School, a position he held for 35 years. He was appointed Hulsean lecturer in 1887, and a preacher to the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in 1890. He earned his DD in 1896 and won the Seatonian prize at Cambridge for a sacred poem. He wrote several works, including A Life of John Colet.

Synesius of Cyrene: Philosopher and Bishop

  • Author: Alice Gardner
  • Series: The Fathers for English Readers
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1886
  • Pages:198

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British historian Alice Gardner presents the life of Synesius of Cyrene, as illustrated by his letters and other writings. Beginning with Synesius’ birth and education, Gardner paints a portrait of this early Church Father as a patriot, a country gentleman, a philosopher, a working bishop, and a champion of the church. She outlines his final days, and also includes two hymns by Synesius and a chronological summary of events.

Alice Gardner (1854–1927) was an English historian and teacher whose linguistic acumen made her a significant figure in academia. She graduated at the top of her class from Newnham College, Cambridge, in 1879. She taught at Plymouth High School and Bedford College, London. From 1884 to 1914, she taught and directed studies in history at Newnham College. During World War I, she worked in the Foreign Office, and in 1915 she took charge of the history department at Bristol University. Bristol University awarded her an honorary MA and appointed her as reader in Byzantine studies. She was a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and member of its council, as well as vice president of the Historical Association.

Gardner wrote two history books for children and many other works, including Julian: Emperor and Philosopher, Theodore of Studium: His Life and Times, and The Lascarids of Nicaea. She was the first to make the Eastern Mediterranean writings of the Byzantine era accessible to an English-speaking audience, and her translations are still in use today.

Clement of Alexandria

  • Author: F.R. Montgomery Hitchcock
  • Series: The Fathers for English Readers
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 290

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This comprehensive biography of Clement of Alexandria by F.R. Montgomery Hitchcock examines Clement’s writings, philosophy, theology, doctrines, life, and character. Hitchcock offers a detailed look at Clement’s years in the city of Alexandria—including his family home, university life, and religious formation—as well as in the Catechetical School of Alexandria, and presents several texts that highlight Clement’s influence on the church and the development of Christianity.

F.R. Montgomery Hitchcock (1865–1951) was Donnellan Lecturer in the University of Dublin and examining chaplain to the bishop of Killaloe. He was also the author of Irenaeus of Lugdunum: A Study of His Teaching and St. Patrick and His Gallic Friends.

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