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ISBN: 0801048575
Author: Clayton N. Jefford
Language: English
Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (December 1, 2012)
Pages: 224
Category: World
Subcategory: History
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The Apostolic Fathers is a critically important collection of texts for studying the first century of Christian history.

The Apostolic Fathers is a critically important collection of texts for studying the first century of Christian history. Clayton Jefford has a gift. Not once, but twice, he has taken a complicated, diverse, and hotly debated collection of ancient Christian texts and made them intelligible for a modern, uninitiated audience.

Reading the Apostolic Fathers: A Student's Introduction. by Clayton N. Jefford. This work is easy to use and affordable yet offers a thorough overview for students and others approaching these writings for the first time. It explains the context and significance of each document and points to further reading.

Reading the Apostolic Fathers book. Clayton N. Jefford (PhD, Claremont Graduate School) is professor of scripture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Saint Meinrad, Indiana. He is the author of several books, including The Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament and The Apostolic Fathers: An Essential Guide. Books by Clayton N.

Reading the Apostolic Fathers : A Student's Introduction. By (author) Clayton N.

The Apostolic Fathers: An Essential Guide will explain the nature of the collected writings as they stand between .

The Apostolic Fathers: An Essential Guide will explain the nature of the collected writings as they stand between the world of the New Testament and later Christian writers, focusing upon what the texts say about ancient Christian thinkers, early church developments, and the evolution of theological ideas prior to the great ecumenical councils. Chapter Outline: Chapter 1: The Collected Writings Chapter. Clayton Jefford brings unrivaled expertise to this task and serves as a sensitive and insightful guide to these texts, offering an introduction that will serve the needs of the beginning student and the seasoned expert alike.

Reading the Apostolic Fathers provides a succinct but comprehensive introduction to Christian literature of the 'sub-apostolic ag.

Reading the Apostolic Fathers provides a succinct but comprehensive introduction to Christian literature of the 'sub-apostolic age. It provides the basic.

Home . Details for: Reading the Apostolic Fathers. Country: Соединенные Штаты Америки. Normal view MARC view ISBD view. Reading the Apostolic Fathers : a student's introduction, Clayton N. Dewey: 27. j44rBibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.

Clayton N. Jefford received his MDiv and ThM from South Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his PhD from Claremont Graduate School

Clayton N. Jefford received his MDiv and ThM from South Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his PhD from Claremont Graduate School. He is a professor of Scripture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Saint Meinrad, Indiana. He is the author of several books, including The Apostolic Fathers: An Essential Guide.

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The Apostolic Fathers is a critically important collections of texts for studying the first century of Christian history. Books related to Reading the Apostolic Fathers.

The Apostolic Fathers is a critically important collections of texts for studying the first century of Christian history. Here a leading expert on the Apostolic Fathers offers an accessible, up-to-date introduction and companion to these diverse and fascinating writings. This work is easy to use and affordable yet offers a thorough overview for students and others approaching these writings for the first time. It explains the context and significance of each document and points to further reading. This new edition of a well-received text has been updated throughout and includes a new chapter on the fragments of Papias.

Comments:

Gholbirius
This text is a great resource to have when studying these early Church texts. The author presents good background on the history of the texts and lays out the debates for the reader to consider.
The only real drawback is that the author does not include the actual texts in thus book. For those, you have to look for other sources.
I would recommend this to anyone and everyone studying the Apostolic Fathers.
Super P
Very good intro. I bought it as a textbook for a grad Theology class but really enjoyed it - it was just thick, boring information
Kinashand
Good
Nilabor
Excellent, easy to understand, well-written book. I loved the format. Highly recommended.
FLIDER
Like too many of Kindle's academic selections, this book has the severe disadvantage of not being navigable using the original page numbers.
Until and unless professors begin using Amazon's "locations" to build reading recommendation lists, it is imperative that books which would be used as course texts have the original edition's page numbers built in.
This is the second book with which I have experienced this frustration.
Tar
It is too often the case that some of the best writing to be read is often some of the least known and unread. If the disappointing statistics for how often Christians read their Bibles is true then the chances of other great Christian writings being read is even worse. Sadly, such is the case when it comes to the writings of the early church fathers. Written after the New Testament but within the first two centuries, these early Christian writings give us a glimpse into the still newly started church.

Focusing on the Apostolic Fathers Clayton N. Jefford has written Reading the Apostolic Fathers: A Student's Introduction which is now in its second edition. The purpose of the book is to provide readers of the Apostolic Fathers with a guide for better understanding. While some of the text is similar to that of other NT writings there is much that is not in both style and content.

In the introduction Jefford provides some brief but helpful information on some of the features and content of the Apostolic Fathers. He provides a chart with the possible date ranges for when the works were written as well as a chart showing what Christian writers, during and shortly after the first two centuries of the church, also read these writings. Noting that the theology of the Apostolic Fathers was not unified across the board there were still significant agreements. Some of those included looking for the return of Christ, monotheism and an appropriate Christian lifestyle.

The content of the book is outlined with four major sections: answers which provide a brief summary of the text(s), questions which explore the details of the answers, contents which summarize the writings themselves and related literature for further study on each author and their writings. The answers and questions complement each other and provide a wealth of detailed information surrounding the authors and their writings. The contents section provides a detailed outline of the writings as well as a summary of their content. The related literature at the end of each chapter provides the reader with a list of other resources for further study. Among the many things covered in the chapters are the proposed dates of the writings, later additions, discrepancies between editions, the occasion for writing, the mysterious images that appear in some of the writings and even how these writings relate to Scripture.

As one who has read the Apostolic Fathers, this book provides the reader with a helpful read-along guide. This book should be required reading for any class on the Apostolic Fathers and I would recommend it to anyone looking to read these writings for the first time. It will certainly make reading them much easier and more profitable.

NOTE: I received this book for free from Baker Academic in exchange for my review. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review and the words and thoughts expressed are my own.
Kesalard
Publisher: Baker Academic

Reading Level: Moderate-High

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0801048575

The saying goes that those who do not know their history are destined to repeat it. On this basis, emphasis and focus has properly been focused on the early church fathers and church history. The wealth of information, thought and historical insight can be intimidating to a student or laymen. In his work Reading the Apostolic Fathers: A Student’s Introduction (henceforth Apostolic Fathers), Clayton Jefford provides a valuable guide to some of the early father’s texts.

The Communication

Given that Apostolic Fathers was written for students and academic study, the level of efficiency in its communication should not be surprising. Each chapter covers a specific document of the early church (the exception being chapter 3 which covers the entirety of Ignatius’s letters). In the introduction Jefford explains to the reader the highly organized structure of each chapter (xii-xiv). Not only can the subject matter be addressed by page number, but also by a uniformed numbering system consistent throughout each chapter.

The language of Apostolic Fathers is not overly complicated. However, some of the presupposed history and familiarity may set readers back. The texts are not provided in the Apostolic Fathers though each chapter concludes with a synopsis of the letter(s) in modern language. Each text is addressed with efficient and precise examples of textual criticism. Those unfamiliar with this approach may be taken back by the certainty, or sometimes lack thereof, of the author, dating, and history a particular text.

The Content

Apostolic Fathers is unique in consideration of its content. Being entirely about the early church texts, it might surprise some that these texts are purposefully not included. This is not an oversight but a valuable decision given the variety of translations and texts debated. Despite not containing the text themselves, the standout chapters excel because of the impressive nature of the original texts. These excellent chapters included the Letter of Barnabas (chapter 1), Martyrdom of Polycarp (chapter 5), and 1 Clement (chapter 7). At the same time, chapters that are unable to dig into the text because of quantity (the many letters of Ignatius in chapter 3) or quality of text (Fragments of Papias in chapter 4) fall short of anything more than a brief overview.

Dispersed throughout Apostolic Fathers are gems of information about the early church and its theology. One is quick to realize that despite inspired book circulating, the church remained a theological maturing entity that did not grow homogenously or in completely agreement with the eventual New Testament canon. These early documents are profitable insights into this growth of the church and its theology. It is insightful to see the carry over of numerology into Christian hermeneutics (14-15), examples of “low Christology” (34), an early affirmation of the apostle John as the author of Revelation (69), and the unique non-millennial eschatology of Clement (114).

The Conclusion

Apostolic Fathers is an outstanding resource for those interested in studying the early church fathers and their important documents. Despite being little more than an introduction, the outlines and evaluation of important imagery facilitate great progress for personal study.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Don't buy this book. Despite the promotion and title one could gain the same information freely from Wikipedia. This is not a academic thesis critical or otherwise. And, despite the fact that the book is promoted as a Student's Introduction, there is no text. A rip off.

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