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01. The Epistles of St. Clement of Rome and St. Ignatius of Antioch (Ancient Christian Writers) Hardcover – January 1, 1978
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This is a must-read for Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and anyone who wants to know anything about the early Church.
This volume also shares with the reader the early 2nd century writings of Ignatius, bishop of Antioch and martyr. Again we get snapshots of early Christian communities in communion, part of the "great" Church, who submit to ecclesial authority, enjoy a sacred meal, etc.
In contrast, Ignatius extrapolates significantly beyond Scripture. The following, from Ignatius's letter to the Magnesians, would have been most out of place in Clement's letter. "...the bishop is to preside in the place of God, while the presbyters are to function as the council of the Apostles..." (p. 70-71) In addition, Ignatius is enamored with the ascetic ideal and seeks his own martrydom to the point that he admonishes the churches not to pray for his deliverance. This mindset is largely absent from Clement's letter. Clement's goal seems to be to bring man before his creator in praise, while Ignatius seems intent to insert mediators between God and man--forgetting that there is only one (1 Tim. 2:5).Read more ›
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Easy to read and very interesting. Minus one star for the obvious Roman Catholic bias in the introduction and notes.Published 10 months ago by B
This is a wonderful edition of these works. The translation is easy to read and accurate (I've compared it with the Greek), and the footnotes are very helpful without being arcane... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Christopher S. Esget
This is a must read for any Christian wanting to know the teaching and church practices during the time of the Apostles and the period immediately following them. Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by EMM
These great Christian writers allow the reader to gain insight on what the early church believed, in a sense.Published on June 23, 2009 by W. G. McCann
This is a good additional resource to study the early Christians. We would never use this as a reference if it opposes the Bible, but for research purposes it is very helpful.Published on January 8, 2009 by JMac
Read the book. I'm sick and tired of writing reviews and having Amazon knock me off for no good reason (my reviews are never lengthy). Read morePublished on January 28, 2008 by Jerome S.
this 1946 inaugural volume of the "ancient christian writers" series is useful for anyone interested in the challanges faced by the early catholic church. Read morePublished on December 17, 2007 by W. Reis