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The Apostolic Fathers in English [Kindle Edition]

Michael W. Holmes , Michael Holmes
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The Apostolic Fathers is an important collection of writings revered by early Christians but not included in the final canon of the New Testament. Here a leading expert on these texts offers an authoritative contemporary translation, in the tradition of the magisterial Lightfoot version but thoroughly up-to-date.

The third edition features numerous changes, including carefully revised translations and a new, more user-friendly design. The introduction, notes, and bibliographies have been freshly revised as well.


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"The Apostolic Fathers" is an important collection of writings revered by early Christians but not included in the final canon of the New Testament. Here a leading expert on these texts offers an authoritative contemporary translation, in the tradition of the magisterial Lightfoot version but thoroughly up-to-date. The third edition features numerous changes, including carefully revised translations and a new, more user-friendly design. The introduction, notes, and bibliographies have been freshly revised as well.

About the Author

Michael W. Holmes (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies and early Christianity at Bethel University. A leading scholar of the Apostolic Fathers, he is currently writing a major critical commentary on Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians and The Martyrdom of Polycarp.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1778 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 3 edition (1 Nov. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085BA9G6
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Fascinating as the subject matter is, I was disappointed to read in the Preface to the 3rd edition that they had largely adopted a gender neutering approach to translation.

Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with this approach, it makes one feel that one is reading a somewhat 'sanitised' version of what the Apostolic Fathers actually wrote. I, as the reader, want to read what the Fathers *actually* wrote, regardless of whether their masculine orientated language is offensive to my modern sensibilities. Not to do so strikes me as denying the reality of the world in those times.

A particularly troubling comment in the preface was: 'various strategies were used to avoid inclusive use of masculine pronouns wherever possible' !!! Unbelievable.

Seriously Baker, leave it as it was written. It is patronising to the reader to say such things - as though we cannot bear to even *read* the male dominated language that the Apostolic Fathers wrote with!

I would recommend that the buyer go for the 2nd edition instead, as from what I gather this one is free from these kind of politically correct tamperings. The ISBN codes for the 2nd edition are:

ISBN-10: 0801021995
ISBN-13: 978-0801021992
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5.0 out of 5 stars An improvement on a very good thing 12 April 2007
By lifelong learner - Published on Amazon.com
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Having made extensive use of his Greek/English 2nd edition, this 3rd edition translation of the Apostolic Fathers is a great resource for pastors or interested laypeople. The translations are lucid, clear, and contemporary (without being at all "trendy"); newly expanded footnotes and biblographies for each work make full use of the most recent scholarship. The scripture-reference footnotes for Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians are particularly dense, given that Holmes makes full use of Berding's and Hartog's studies on Polycarp's use of the NT.

If you have more academic interests, the 2nd edition Greek/English is still a very good translation and has a host of technical footnotes not included in this edition. If you just want to read the Apostolic Fathers in clear English, this is the one for you.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed 10 April 2009
By awesom - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not an academic and I don't know Greek but am probably more widely and deeply read than the average layman. I find "thee/thou" language difficult to navigate and, for that reason, have had difficulty reading 19th Century English translations of the Church Fathers for any extended period. Holmes' translation is perfect for someone like me. The language is up to date and much easier to read than, say, Schaff, but his writing maintains an academic respectability. Think NIV or NRSV for the Apostolic Church Fathers. Some of the commentary strikes me as Protestant (I'm Eastern Orthodox), but reading the early Fathers has never been as enjoyable and enlightening. This is the best book purchase I've made in years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering the Apostolic Fathers 12 Feb. 2014
By Ioanna - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend Apostolic Fathers in English to anyone wanting to learn the roots of our Christian Faith, from the earliest century of Christianity. The introductory material is a little excessive, but the access to early letters and sermons from men who knew and were trained by the Apostles of Christ is a real treasure. Many of these same men had also experienced contact with Christ Himself, and were also eye-witnesses to His life, teachings, miracles, death and Resurrection, adding their accounts to the record of the Apostles themselves. I have just begun to read, sequentially, through the Fathers actual writings, and enjoy the sense of contact with the first Christians I find there. I didn't need to have my faith validated, but these letters and sermons do validate my faith all the same.

I would suggest to any reader to use the Table of Contents and go directly to "the horse's mouth" reading just the actual writings of the Apostolic Fathers. Leave all the introductory material until last so that any undue influence may be avoided in the reader's response to the Fathers' writing. The reader will come away feeling a sense of having touched the past, and found a link to the present. It's a challenging and comforting read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Book! 21 Dec. 2011
By Laura Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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This book makes an excellent addition to anyone's personal library, especially if you are a student of Christian theology or just want to know about the early beginnings of the church. This book allows the reader to experience the troubles that the early church experienced through the words of those directly involved leading the church through the world. I highly recommend this book to anyone of faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introductions and Thorough Research 16 Sept. 2013
By Ryan Donell - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved that the introductions were concise, but also insightful. This is a great collection of the Apostolic Father's writings. Holmes is an apt guide through these 1st and 2nd century documents.
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