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The Apostolic Fathers, part 2, vol 3: St. Ignatius, St. Polycarp: Texts
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The Apostolic Fathers, part 2, vol 3: St. Ignatius, St. Polycarp: Texts

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Macmillan and Co. 1889

Overview

Much of early literature has only been passed down to us in fragments. This is preeminently true of early Christian literature. The Christian teachers in primitive ages were evangelists, not authors, preachers, not historians. The literary remains of the primitive ages of Christianity, which to us are of priceless value, were suffered to perish from neglect—a few fragments here and there alone escaping the general fate.

The epithet “apostolic” does not occur in the canonical writings, but is found first in the vocabulary of the succeeding generation, when the Apostles could be regarded in the light of history. Its first occurrence is in Ignatius, who tells his correspondents that he writes to them “after the apostolic manner,” where he seems to refer to the epistolary form of his communication.

Part two, volume three of The Apostolic Fathers contains additional translations of St. Ignatius and St. Polycarp’s works. Part two, volume three includes the following chapters:

  • Appendix Ignatiana
    • Anglo-Latin Version
    • Greek Epistles of the Long Recension
    • Coptic Remains of St. Ignatius
    • Arabic Extracts from Ignatian Letters
    • Prayer of Hero
  • St. Polycarp
    • The Epistle of St. Polycarp
    • Letter of the Smyræans
  • Appendix Polycarpiana
    • Polycarpian Fragments
    • Life of Polycarp
  • Translations
    • Epistle of Polycarp
    • Letter of the Smyræans
    • Life of Polycarp

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Product Details

  • Title: The Apostolic Fathers, part 2, vol 3: St. Ignatius, St. Polycarp
  • Authors: J. B. Lightfoot
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1889
  • Pages: 526

About Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Joseph Barber Lightfoot (1828–1889), also known as J. B. Lightfoot, was an English theologian and Bishop of Durham. He attended King Edward’s School in Birmingham before attending Trinity College in Cambridge where he was elected a fellow of his college. From 1854 to 1859, he edited the Journal of Classical and Sacred Philology.

Lightfoot became a tutor of Trinity College in 1857 and later became professor of divinity. In 1871, he became canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Lightfoot preached regularly and participated in various ecclesiastical activities. He gained enormous popularity for his work Essays on the Word Entitled Supernatural Religion, a defense of the New Testament in response to Walter Richard Cassel’s Supernatural Religion. In 1870, Lightfoot became Bishop of Durham, where he continued his theological study, writing, and preaching.

Lightfoot wrote commentaries on Galatians, Philippians, and Colossians and Philemon. Lightfoot’s lecture notes and unpublished commentary manuscripts can be found in the 11-volume Joseph Barber Lightfoot Collection which includes several volumes of essays, including Essays on the Word Entitled Supernatural Religion, and sermons.