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Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 1 - Enhanced Version (Early Church Fathers) [Kindle Edition]

Philip Schaff
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Book Description

This edition of the Early Church Fathers series has been optimized for use on the Kindle with a hierarchical Table of Contents that minimizes the number of page turns required to locate a section of the volume. This edition is among the most accurate electronic editions available, but Hebrew characters do not display on the Kindle.

This volume includes the writings of Clement of Rome, Mathetes, Polycarp, Ignatius, Barnabas, Papias, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus.

This edition features an artistic cover, a new promotional introduction, and a hierarchical table of contents which makes it possible to navigate to any part of the book with a minimum of page turns.

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  • File Size: 2575 KB
  • Print Length: 1752 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Christian Classics Ethereal Library; 1.1 edition (June 8, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A look at the earliest Christian beliefs August 2, 2011
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I have read many books on early Christian beliefs and decided it was time to look at the source material for these books and come up with my own summaries of these beliefs. This is volume 1 of 10 in this series and it covers the writings of what are termed the `Apostolic Fathers' since these are mostly men that knew the original apostles. The other 9 volumes all cover writers who lived and wrote before the Nicene Council in the late 2nd, 3rd, and 4th centuries. They are roughly listed in chronological order. This Kindle edition includes a good table of contents with links to each author, then to each book, and then to each chapter. It also includes links to footnotes (they are at the end of each chapter) that I found to be useful. It is well formatted, though as another reviewer mentioned, it would be nice to have the book and author you are reading listed on the top or bottom of the Kindle so you can remember who and what you are reading.

The writers who knew the apostles include Clement of Rome (late 1st century and a friend of Peter the apostle), Mathetes (2nd century - little known about him), Polycarp (2nd century and knew John the apostle), Ignatius (early 2nd century and was a student of John the apostle), Barnabas (attributed to the apostle of the same name, but scholars think the author is a 2nd century Christian), Papias (early 2nd century and is said to have known John the apostle).Those that did not know the apostles were Justin Martyr (mid 2nd century) and Irenaeus (late 2nd century), who were a generation later than the other men.

Since the works are in chronological order, it makes is easy to see the evolution of beliefs. The earliest writers focused mainly on the importance of living the gospel and following church leaders.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition review November 20, 2010
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The Kindle edition of this series is nice and easy to navigate. There are none of the typical OCR typos that one associates with cheap electronic editions. I have been freeloading off the CCEL website for years. They deserve the few euro I'll pay for one or two volumes in this series.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice, inexpensive digitization of a classic May 25, 2011
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It's great to have these volumes available on the Kindle in such a well-presented format. I have just a few critiques: (1) It is difficult to tell which of the works you are currently reading because all you have to go by from the current screen on your kindle is the location number. You have to go back to the table of contents and bounce around to figure it out. Actual page numbers and headings tied to the Author, Work, and Chapter would be great. It would be even better if those headings were hyperlinks back to the table of contents.

Also, the footnotes are highlighted in a way that, on the iPod or iPad Kindle app, looks identical to the reader's own highlights.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting in at the Beginning February 27, 2013
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Many are unaware that when the history of the Church recorded in the Bible ends. the story picks up with the early fathers of the Church. One can read the writings of the men who worked with the Apostles and who served the churches they founded across the empire. Of course the Fathers were not kept from error, as the Apostles were in their writting, but those interested in the growth of the Church and the witness to Jesus' death and resurrection can almost be there in the writings of the Fathers. And all this is available electronically on your Kindle. What a treat!
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