A fresh, modern translation of key works of the apostolic fathers.
The “Apostolic Fathers” wrote what has become some of the most important literature in the early church—letters and epistolary documents, homilies and theological tracts, documents on church order, and apocalyptic literature. In fact, some texts came close to inclusion in the New Testament canon. The near-canonical status of the writings of the Apostolic Fathers in the early church makes their importance for modern study undisputed. These translations by Rick Brannan are perfect for use by students, scholars, and everyday Christians interested in these treasures of the early church.
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“Let us look intently at the blood of Christ, and let us know that it is precious to his Father, because, being poured out for our salvation it brought 3 the grace of repentance to all the world.” (source)
“You shall not murder a child by ⌊abortion⌋, 5 and again, you shall not kill the just-born one.” (source)
“And concerning baptism, baptize in this way: having reviewed all of these things, baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 1 in running water. 2 But if you do not have access to running water, baptize in other water. And if you are not able to baptize with cold water, then baptize with warm water. 3 But if you possess neither, pour water on the head three times, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 4 And before the baptism the baptizer should fast beforehand, and the one being baptized and •any others who are able. •Call upon the one being baptized to fast beforehand for one or two days.” (source)
“And we, therefore, having been called through his will in Christ Jesus, we are not justified through ourselves, or through our wisdom or understanding 3 or piety or deeds which we accomplished in holiness of heart, 4 but through the faith by which all those ⌊since the beginning⌋ 5 the Almighty God has justified to him be the glory ⌊forever⌋, 6 amen.” (source)
“Therefore, appoint for yourselves overseers and deacons worthy of the Lord, men who are gentle and not lovers of money and truthful and well-proven, for to you they themselves also minister the ministry of the prophets and teachers. 2 Therefore you must not disregard them, for they are your honorable ones, along with the prophets and teachers.” (source)
Rick Brannan is Information Architect for Logos Bible Software. In his role at Logos, he is responsible for linguistic databases of the Greek New Testament, the Septuagint, and other Greek writings of the Hellenistic era. He is also Product Manager for the Lexham English Bible and the Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Rick has edited multiple works including The New International Version English-Greek Reverse Interlinear of the New Testament, The Lexham English Bible English-Greek Reverse Interlinear of the New Testament, and An English-Greek Reverse Interlinear of the Apostolic Fathers. He also translated the Greek portions of the writings of the Apostolic Fathers for The Apostolic Fathers Greek-English Interlinear. He resides in Bellingham with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Ella.
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