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Maxwell [translator] Stainforth
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  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st Edition edition (1968)
  • ASIN: B000OJ2Y7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The First Epistle of Clement - so called, though The Second Epistle is actually not an epistle but a homily, the oldest surviving Christian homily, and nor is it by Clement - is one of the earliest Christian writings outside the New Testament. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Seeds of The Church 11 Feb 2013
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Most of us Christians who have read the New Testament at some point start asking ourselves "What comes next?" The New Testament writings were, after all, just the beginning of Christianity, and the Christian religion has spread very far and had a great amount of influence even during the lives of the Apostles. However, until fairly recently most of what we know about the second and third generation of Christians came to us through the writings of the subsequent generations, and there was very little interest in finding out what the "Apostolic Fathers" had to say in their own right. The last couple of centuries have seen reemergence of interest in these early writings, and today the interest in the early Church is perhaps at a long term high.

"Early Christian Writings" is a remarkable collection of several works by the prominent and well-known Apostolic Fathers: Clement of Rome, Polycarp, Ignatius of Antioch, etc. We discover that the faith and the themes that these writings represented were indeed a product of orthodox Christian thought, and easily reconcilable with both our own theological understanding and the New Testament writings. The writings bear all the signatures of the tumultuous times during which they were written. This manifests itself by the choice of themes: preparation and expectation of martyrdom, issues of church discipline and strife, organizational matters and the episcopal nature of the Church, and attitudes towards immoral behaviors that are prevalent in the pagan world. The writings are very inspiring and well worth reading.

I am not familiar enough with the original language(s) in which these works were written to give any meaningful comment on their translation. However, I do have some serious issues with the Kindle edition of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who? 13 Mar 2009
Most of us don't know anything about the early Church except that St Paul was around at some point. But we should do.

Those well grounded in the faith, and prone to reading the scriptures, could perhaps complement their spirituality with this work, which contains writings from Ss Clement, Polycarp, Barnabas and Ignatius. We often don't hear of these people, who were as important in keeping the Church alive in this bloodstained years as were their forefathers.

It also contains the Didache in the back, which is quite useful in placing early Christianity in the context of the contemporary Jewish religion and practice.
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This is a very interesting and coincise book about early christian writings if you really are interested in christian writings apart from those that are contained in the Bible. However, I recommend you to have a good basics of historical backround.
Its really worth its money!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Christian Writings 31 Oct 2011
Some of the earliest non-Biblical Christian writing.
Notably the Didache (Teaching), some letters from Ignatius, and Clement of Rome writing to the Corinthian Church.
Many Christians are unaware of their religions early history, relying entirely on the NT and anecdote. This little book makes good translations of these important documents easily accessible. As with alot of well-known early writing, the specific contents are also available online, of course, but it is harder to access them this way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Basic resource 17 Dec 2012
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I suspect many Clergy especially of the protestant Faith are woefully lacking in any real knowledge of the Fathers – hence the sad but slow but sure capitulation to the Liberal elite. Ideally a set of several volumes is needed - but here is an affordable resource. In some ways I wish I could have paid more attention to the wirtings of the Fathers at the beginning of my work as a full time Parish Priest – not in my last five years!
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