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The Apostolic Fathers
Edited by Wilhelm Pratscher
The Apostolic Fathers represents the best and latest in German-language scholarship on the Apostolic Fathers—now available in this exclusive English edition. Crafted by an expert team of scholars, The Apostolic Fathers offers introductions to the works comprising this early Christian corpus, fully equipped with cutting-edge discussion of important topics including theological profiles, intertextuality, intellectual milieus, and anti-Jewish polemics. The foreword by Wilhelm Pratscher and closing chapter by Jörg Ulrich cap off this learned handling of the Fathers, locating them within the history of scholarship, even while pointing the way for new avenues of study.
“The Corpus of the Apostolic Fathers” by Wilhelm Pratscher
“The Didache” by Jonathan A. Draper
“The Epistle of Barnabas” by Ferdinand R. Prostmeier
“The First Epistle of Clement” by Andreas Lindemann
“The Second Epistle of Clement” by Wilhelm Pratscher
“The Epistles of Ignatius of Antioch” by Hermut Löhr
“The Epistle of Polycarp” by Boudewijn Dehandschutter
“The Martyrdom of Polycarp” by Gerd Buschmann
“The Papias Fragments” by Ulrich H. J. Körtner
“Quadratus” by Wilhelm Pratscher
“To Diognetus” by Horacio E. Lona
“The Shepherd of Hermas” by David Hellholm
“The Apostolic Fathers Yesterday and Today” by Jörg Ulrich
"…a solid, readable, and thorough introduction."
—Paul Hartog, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary, Trinity Journal (Spring 2013)
“An excellent, readable, and highly engaging introduction to the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and the world of early second-century Christianity. . . . This book is essential reading for anybody interested in the origins and development of earliest Christianity.”
—Paul Foster, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
“A solid introduction to the Apostolic Fathers and an excellent overview of German-oriented scholarship on these important early Christian writers. Each contributor in this volume is a recognized expert on the documents they discuss. The consistent treatment in each chapter of ‘Intertextual Relationships’ and ‘Theological Profile’ is a real strength—in the latter case, one that sets it apart from its competitors.”
—Dr. Michael W. Holmes, University Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity, Bethel University
Formerly University Professor of New Testament Studies in the Faculty for Protestant Theology at the University of Vienna, Austria, Wilhelm Pratscher is now retired.