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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume II: Fathers of the Second Century: Hermas, Tatian, Athenagoras, Theophilus, and Clement of Alexandria (Entire).

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.

Contents of Ante-Nicene Fathers II


The Pastor of Hermas


Address of Tatian to the Greeks


Theophilus to Autolycus


A Plea for the Christians

The Resurrection of the Dead

Clement of Alexandria

Exhortation to the Heathen (Protrepticus)

The Instructor (Paedagogus)

The Stromata, or Miscellanies


Who is the Rich Man that Shall Be Saved? (Quis dives salvetur?)

Author Bios

Hermas (freedman)

Hermas was a well-to-do freedman who lived in Ancient Rome. He was a brother of Pius, Bishop of Rome about the middle of the 2nd century. He was an earnest simple-minded Christian, with little education or culture, but typical, no doubt, of many in the Church of his day. Some later writers confuse him with the Hermas mentioned in Romans xvi, 14.

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Tatian the Assyrian (c. 120–180) was an Assyrian early Christian writer and theologian of the 2nd century. Tatian’s most influential work is the Diatessaron, a Biblical paraphrase, or “harmony”, of the four gospels that became the standard text of the four gospels in the Syriac-speaking churches until the 5th-century, when it gave way to the four separate gospels in the Peshitta version.

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Clement of Alexandria

Titus Flavius Clemens (c.150 – c. 215), known as Clement of Alexandria (to distinguish him from Clement of Rome), was a Christian theologian and the head of the noted Catechetical School of Alexandria. Clement is best remembered as the teacher of Origen. He united Greek philosophical traditions with Christian doctrine and valued gnosis that with communion for all people could be held by common Christians specially chosen by God; vide, e.g. , Stromata, VI.106.4f.

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