- Hardcover: 6448 pages
- Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers; Revised edition (June 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565630823
- ISBN-13: 978-1565630826
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It is not, however, perfect. There are several more recently discovered writings that are not found in these volumes. For Irenaeus' "Proof of the Apostolic Preaching," you'll have to try and get your hands on volume 16 of the "Ancient Christian Writers" series. While the "Popular Patristics" series provides us with Melito of Sardis' "On Pascha" and Hippolytus' "On the Apostolic Tradition." And then there are the many other writings of Origen that aren't in the "Ante-Nicene Fathers" (hereafter referred to simply as "the ANF"): His "Homilies on Genesis" and "Homilies on Exodus" can be found in volume 71 of the "Fathers of the Church" series; "Homilies on Leviticus 1-16" in volume 83; "Homilies on Joshua" in volume 105; "Homilies on Jeremiah" and "Homily on 1 Kings 28" in volume 97; "Homilies on Luke" in volume 94; and his lengthy "Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans" in volumes 103 & 104. Also, volume 19 of the "Ancient Christian Writers" series has Origen's "On Prayer" and "Exhortation to Martyrdom," while volume 26 has both his "Commentary on The Song of Solomon" and "Homilies on The Song of Solomon," and finally volume 54 has his "Treatise on the Passover" and "Dialogue with Heraclides." (Yes, Origen was the single most prolific early Christian writer.) But the only other complaint that I have about the ANF is that it doesn't translate book three of Clement of Alexandria's "Stromata" (Miscellaneous) into English, so you'll have to get it from somewhere like volume 2 of "The Library of Christian Classics."
You can, however, find Irenaeus' extra work, as well as Basil the Great's and Gregory of Nazianzus' "The Philocalia" (which is a collection of quotations from several of Origen's writings, some of which are not found in the ANF) in their entirety on the internet, and even the whole ANF series and a translation of the previously mentioned portion of work by Clement. So start your search-engines. And if you still can't track down a copy of the ANF that's within your price range, then I highly recommend that you at least buy David W. Bercot's "A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs" which is essentially a topical index that compiles seven-hundred and four pages worth of quotations from the ANF on over 700 different issues, and also serves as an excellent supplementary source even if you already have the whole ANF set.
Want to know more about this book, who the early Christians were and what they taught, and/or what the Bible has to say about the post-Biblical Christians and the importance of their writings? Then feel free to contact me via E-mail.