A Patristic Treasury
James R. Payton Jr., editor
Ancient Faith Publishing
PO Box 748, Chesterton, In 46304-0748
9781936270446, $29.95, www.amazon.com
The Apostolic Fathers are five Early Christian authors who lived and wrote in the second half of the 1st century and the first half of the 2nd century. These were followed by the church leaders grouped according to whether they preceded, were contemporary with, or followed the Council of Nicene. They are acknowledged as leaders in the early church, although their writings were not included in the New Testament. They include Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, the author of the Didache, and the author of the Shepherd of Hermas. The label "Apostolic Fathers" has been applied to them since the 17th century to indicate that they were thought of as being of the generation that had personal contact with the Twelve Apostles. Thus they provide a link between the Apostles--who had personal contact with Jesus--and the...