The Apostolic Fathers, the earliest extant Christian writings outside the New Testament, are a primary resource for the study of early Christianity. These writings provide significant and unparalleled insight into the Christian movement during a critical transitional stage in its history. more
Papias (writing in the first third of the 2nd century) was a bishop of the early Church, canonized as a saint. Eusebius of Caesarea calls him “Bishop of Hierapolis” which is 22 km from Laodicea and near Colossae, in the Lycus river valley in Phrygia, Asia Minor, not to be confused with the Hierapolis of Syria.