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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume I: The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus.

The Early Church Fathers is one of the most important collections of historical, philosophical and theological writings available in English to the student of the Christian Church. These documents provide the most comprehensive witness to the development of Christianity and Christian thought during the period immediately following the Apostolic Era.

The Catholic edition of Early Church Fathers does not include the introductions, prolegomenae, and various interpretive comments made by the protestant editors of the Edinburgh edition. However, it retains all of the footnotes found in the printed editions.

Contents of Ante-Nicene Fathers I

Clement of Rome

The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

Mathetes

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

Polycarp of Smyrna

The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians

The Encyclical Epistle of the Church at Smyrnam (Martyrdom of Polycarp)

Ignatius of Antioch

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans

The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp

The Syriac Version of the Ignatian Epistles

The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp

The Second Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians

The Third Epistle of the Same St. Ignatius

The Spurious Epistles of Ignatius

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Tarsians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Antiochians

The Epistle of Ignatius to Hero, a Deacon of Antioch

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philippians

The Epistle of Maria the Proselyte to Ignatius

The Epistle of Ignatius to Mary at Neapolis, near Zarbus

The Epistle of Ignatius to St. John the Apostle

A Second Epistle of Ignatius to St. John

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Virgin Mary

The Martyrdom of Ignatius

Barnabas

The Epistle of Barnabas

Papias

Fragments of Papias

Justin Martyr

The First Apology of Justin

The Second Apology of Justin

Dialogue of Justin with Trypho, a Jew

Justin’s Hortatory Address to the Greeks

Justin on the Sole Government of God

Fragments of the Lost Work of Justin on the Resurrection

Other Fragments from the Lost Writings of Justin

The Martyrdom of the Holy Martyrs Justin, Charites, Paeon, Liberianus, Who Suffered at Rome

Irenaeus of Lyons

Irenaeus against Heresies (Adversus Haereses)

Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus

Author Bios

Polycarp of Smyrna

Polycarp of Smyrna (69 – 155) was a second century Christian bishop. According to the Martyrdom of Polycarp, he died a martyr, bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to touch him. Polycarp is regarded as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran Churches. It is recorded by Irenaeus, who heard him speak in his youth, and by Tertullian, that he had been a disciple of John the Apostle.

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Ignatius of Antioch

Ignatius of Antioch (ca. 35 or 50-between 98 and 117) was among the Apostolic Fathers, the third Bishop of Antioch, and a student of John the Apostle. En route to his martyrdom in Rome, Ignatius wrote a series of letters which have been preserved as an example of very early Christian theology. Important topics addressed in these letters include ecclesiology, the sacraments, and the role of bishops. Ignatius’ feast day is observed on 20 December in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Papias of Hierapolis

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.

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Justin Martyr

Justin Martyr, also known as just Saint Justin the Philosopher (103–165), was an early Christian apologist. Most of his works are lost, but two apologies, a dialogue, and a few other fragments survive. He is considered a Saint by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

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Irenaeus of Lyons

Saint Irenaeus, (2nd century AD – c. 202) was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then a part of the Roman Empire. He was an early church father and apologist, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. He was a hearer of Polycarp, who in turn was a disciple of John the Evangelist. Irenaeus’ best-known book, Adversus Haereses or Against Heresies (c.

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