Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Reading the Apostolic Fathers. an Introduction

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Reading the Apostolic Fathers. an Introduction

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JEFFORD, CLAYTON N.,WITH KENNETH J. HARDER AND Louis D. AMEz7GA, JR. Reading the Apostolic Fathers.An Introduction. (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. 1996. Pp. xvi, 192.) In a Patristics course, the first authors or works studied are usually a group known collectively as the Apostolic Fathers. This brief volume is presented as a textbook-like survey of this group intended for colleges or seminaries. Jefford includes the Letter to Diognetus and II Clement but not the fragments of Papias.

A common grid is used for each author or work. First, Answers, a rapid summary of the information on each text; then, Questions, each category of information is filled out in detail. Finally, the Contents are outlined with a summary of the argument and a bibliography. A glossary and an index of ancient literature complete the book.

The categories of information called Questions compose the bulk of the book. …

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