A Patristic Treasury.
A Patristic Treasury
James R. Payton Jr., editor
Ancient Faith Publishing
PO Box 748, Chesterton, In 46304-0748
9781936270446, $29.95, www.amazon.com
The Apostolic Fathers are five Early Christian authors who lived and wrote in the second half of the 1st century and the first half of the 2nd century. These were followed by the church leaders grouped according to whether they preceded, were contemporary with, or followed the Council of Nicene. They are acknowledged as leaders in the early church, although their writings were not included in the New Testament. They include Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, the author of the Didache, and the author of the Shepherd of Hermas. The label "Apostolic Fathers" has been applied to them since the 17th century to indicate that they were thought of as being of the generation that had personal contact with the Twelve Apostles. Thus they provide a link between the Apostles--who had personal contact with Jesus--and the later generations of Church Fathers, which includes the Christian apologists, defenders of orthodoxy, and developers of doctrine. Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by patristic scholar James R. Payton Jr., "A Patristic Treasury: Early Church Wisdom for Today" is a 480 page compendium providing non-specialist general readers with an accessible introduction and sampling of writings by the Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene Fathers ranging from Clement of Rome, to Theophilus of Antioch, to Cyril of Alexandria, to John of Damascus. Altogether there are 46 ancient Christian writings providing contemporary Christian readers a welcome and accessible body of early Christian literature that has relevance for their lives today.