Apostolic Fathers

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The term '''''Apostolic Fathers''''' refers both to a group of early Christian writers (the first among the [[Church Fathers]]) and to a particular collection of their writings.  These writings comprise the first known Christian writings after the composition of the [[New Testament]], and some were even considered for inclusion in the canon (i.e., the epistles of St. [[Clement of Rome]]).
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The most common lists of these writings usually include most or all of the following:
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*''The [[Epistle to Diognetus]]''
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*''The [[Epistles of Clement|First Epistle of Clement]]''
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*''The [[Epistles of Clement|Second Epistle of Clement]]''
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*''The [[Didache]]''
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*''The [[Epistle of Barnabas]]''
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*Seven short ''[[Epistles of Ignatius of Antioch]]'' (the longer forms of these Epistles, and those beyond the seven, are widely considered later emendations and forgeries)
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*''The [[Epistle of Polycarp]]''
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*''The [[Martyrdom of Polycarp]]''
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*''The [[Shepherd of Hermas]]''
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==Published works==
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The following are published collections of the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, listed by the faith of the editor(s):
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'''Orthodox'''
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*[http://www.saaot.edu/ Sparks, Fr. Jack N.] ''The Apostolic Fathers''. (ISBN 0840756615)
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'''Catholic'''
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*Jefford, Clayton N.; Harder, Kenneth J.; Amezaga Jr., Louis D. ''Reading the Apostolic Fathers: An Introduction''. (ISBN 1565631544)
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'''Protestant'''
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*[[Wikipedia:Joseph_Barber_Lightfoot|Lightfoot, J.B.]] ''The Apostolic Fathers''. (ISBN 0943575273)
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*Lightfoot, J.B.; Harmer, J. R., ed. ''The Apostolic Fathers''. (ISBN 0766164985)
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*Lightfoot, J.B. (translator); Harmer, J. R. (translator); Holmes, Michael W., ed. ''The Apostolic Fathers''. (ISBN 0801021995, ISBN 9780801021992)
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*Richardson, Cyril C. ''Early Christian Fathers''. (ISBN 0684829517)
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[[Category:Apostolic Fathers]]
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[[Category:Church Fathers]]
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[[Category:Saints]]
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[[Category:Texts]]
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[[el:Αποστολικοί Πατέρες]]
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[[ro:Părinţii apostolici]]
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