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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume V: Fathers of the Third Century: Hippolytus, Cyprian, Novatian, Appendix.

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 V

Hippolytus of Rome

The Refutation of All Heresies

Fragments from Commentaries

On the Hexaëmeron, or Six Days’ Work

On Genesis

On Numbers

On Kings

On the Psalms

On Proverbs

On the Song of Songs

On Isaiah

On Jeremiah and Ezekiel

On Daniel

On Matthew

On Luke

Doubtful Fragments on the Pentateuch

On the Psalms

Treatise on Christ and Antichrist

Expository Treatise against the Jews

Against Plato, on the Cause of the Universe

Against the Heresy of One Noetus

Against Beron and Helix

The Discourse on the Holy Theophany

Fragments of Discourses of Homilies

Fragments from Other Writings of Hippolytus

Doubious and Spurious Pieces

A Discourse by the Most Blessed Hippolytus, Bishop and Martyr, on the End of the World, and on Antichrist, and on the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Hippolytus on the Twelve Apostles

The Same Hippolytus on the Seventy Apostles

Heads of the Canons of Abulides or Hippolytus

Canons of the Church of Alexandria, Wrongly Ascribed to Hippolytus

Cyprian of Carthage

The Life and Passion of Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr

The Epistles of Cyprian

On the Unity of the Church

On the Dress of Virgins

On the Lapsed

On the Lord’s Prayer

An Address to Demetrianus

On the Vanity of Idols

On the Mortality

On Works and Alms

On the Advantage of Patience

On Jealousy and Envy

Exhortation to Martyrdom, Addressed to Fortunatus

Three Books of Testimonies against the Jews

The Seventh Council of Carthage under Cyprian

Treatises Attributed to Cyprian on Questionable Authority

On the Public Shows

On the Glory of Martyrdom

Of the Discipline and Advantage of Chastity

Exhortation to Repentance

Caius, Presbyter of Rome

Fragments of Caius

From a Dialogue or Disputation against Proclus

Against the Heresy of Artemon

Canon Muratorianus


A Treatise of Novatian concerning the Trinity

On the Jewish Meats


Acts and Records of the Famous Controversy about the Baptism of Heretics

A Treatise against the Heretic Novatian by an Anonymous Bishop

A Treatise on Re-baptism by an Anonymous Writer

Author Bios

Hippolytus of Rome

Hippolytus of Rome (170 – 235) was the most important 3rd-century theologian in the Christian Church in Rome, where he was probably born. Photios I of Constantinople describes him in his Bibliotheca (cod. 121) as a disciple of Irenaeus, who was said to be a disciple of Polycarp, and from the context of this passage it is supposed that he suggested that Hippolytus himself so styled himself. However, this assertion is doubtful.

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Caius, Presbyter of Rome (also known as Gaius) was a Christian author who lived and wrote towards the beginning of the 3rd century. Only fragments of his works are known, which are given in the collection entitled The Ante-Nicene Fathers. However, the Muratorian fragment, an early attempt to establish the canon of the New Testament, is often attributed to Caius and is included in that collection.

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