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).

The most common lists of these writings usually include most or all of the following:

Published works

The following are published collections of the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, listed by the faith of the editor(s):



  • Jefford, Clayton N.; Harder, Kenneth J.; Amezaga Jr., Louis D. Reading the Apostolic Fathers: An Introduction. (ISBN 1565631544)


  • Lightfoot, J.B. The Apostolic Fathers. (ISBN 0943575273)
  • Lightfoot, J.B.; Harmer, J. R., ed. The Apostolic Fathers. (ISBN 0766164985)
  • Lightfoot, J.B. (translator); Harmer, J. R. (translator); Holmes, Michael W., ed. The Apostolic Fathers. (ISBN 0801021995, ISBN 9780801021992)
  • Richardson, Cyril C. Early Christian Fathers. (ISBN 0684829517)