The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations Hardcover – 1 Nov 2007
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About the Author
Michael W. Holmes (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies and early Christianity at Bethel University and the author or editor of several books, including a commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians. 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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Holmes makes good use of the available greek texts for the textual criticism. The only problem I have with his use of textual evidence is that he, for some reason, only thought the Shepherd of Hermas was preserved in Codex Sinaiticus in chapters 1-31:6. If you go to http://codexsinaiticus.org/ you'll see that parts of chapters 65-68 and 91-95 of the Shepherd were also preserved in the codex. (But quite frankly, those chapters were fragmented and leaving them out of the criticism isn't really that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things anyway).
Nevertheless, this is still the best interlinear/textual-criticism compilation of the apostolic writings on the market that I know of. If you know of a better one, please let me know.
The Third Edition:
I have a second edition paperback print and was very happy to discover this hard covered edition. The chapter-verse style layout is improved and the pages are bible thin so it sits open easily.
And the format of this book is near perfect. I panned the second edition simply because my paperback fell apart and was hard to hold open. This edition lays flat and feels great in your hand. It uses thin paper so the book is small and portable and yet the font size is still fairly large. The only thing I don't like about the third edition is that the font is a little smaller than the second edition, whose font was perfect, and this font is a little different, not quite as pleasing on the eye Also, the second edition had pure white paper whereas this edition is somewhat yellow. Still, you can't have everything. The font on this text is probably bigger and nice than say the Loeb Classical Library, and here you get all the texts in one volume which is only a little bit bigger than Loeb. This is a must have for NT Greekers!
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