Didache, Epistle of Barnabas: Ancient Christian Writers #6


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Part of the acclaimed Ancient Christian Writers Series from Paulist Press. Volume 6.


The Didache or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, probably written before the end of the first century, purports to be an instruction based on sayings of the Lord and given by the Twelve Apostles to pagans who wished to become Christians. It is widely believed to be the oldest Christian writing, after the New Testament writings. The Epistle of Barnabas is a homily on the mistaken Judaistic conception of the Old Testament.The Epistles consist of a covering note and a letter, which is an exhortation to the Philippians on Christian life in general. The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp is the story of this bishop of Smyrna's death at the hand of the Roman authorities in Asia for the defense of the Christian faith.The Fragments of Papias. Papias, bishop of Hierapolis in Asia Minor, was the author of five books, entitled Exegesis of the Lord’s Gospel.The Epistle to Diognetus is an apology for Christianity, presented by an unknown writer to a pagan of high social or political rank.



Table of Contents:6. The Didache, The Epistle of Barnabas, The Epistles and the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, The Fragments of Papias, The Epistle to DiognetusNewly Translated and Annotated by James A. Kleist, S.J., Ph.D.CONTENTSThe Didache, or the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles…1Introduction…3Text…15The Epistle of Barnabas…27Introduction…29Text…37St. Polycarp, Epistles to the Philippians…67Introduction…69Text:The First Epistle…75The Second Epistle…75The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp…83Introduction…85Text…90The Fragments of Papias…103Introduction…105Text…114The Epistle to Diognetus…125Introduction…127Text…135Notes…149The Didache…151The Epistle of Barnabas…166The Epistles of St. Polycarp…197The Fragments of Papias…204The Epistle to Diognetus…210Index…223 



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