|描述：||199 pages : map ; 20 cm.|
|其他題名：||Apostolic Fathers (Early Christian collection).|
|責任：||translated by Maxwell Staniforth ; with introductions and new editorial material by Andrew Louth.|
The writings in this volume shed a glimmer of light, in an otherwise dark period, on the emerging traditions and organizations of the infant Church. They are a selection from a group known as the Apostolic Fathers, so-called because several of the authors were most likely disciples of the Apostles themselves. Like much of the New Testament, their writings take the form of letters, and for the most part deal with practical problems of the life of the early Church, as it struggled in the face of persecution to establish itself in the Roman world. They give us a picture of Christianity still drawing on the theology and traditions of its parent religion, Judaism.