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Apostolic Fathers
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According to J. B. Cotelier, who coined it, the term includes the writings of three presumed students of Paul: 1.   the Epistle of Barnabas (Gal 2,1; 1 Cor 9,6); 2. two Epistles attributed to  Clement of Rome (Phil 4,3); 3. the ‘Shepherd of Hermas’ (Rom 16,4); and the works of two presumed students of John; 4. seven letters by bishop  Ignatius of Antioch; 5. a letter and other writings by Polycarp of Smyrna. Today it is customary to include: 6. fragments by bishop  Papias of Hierapolis; 7. the Apologia of Quadratus for  Hadrianus; 8. Anonymous, Epistle to  Diognetus and fina…

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Markschies, Christoph (Berlin), “Apostolic Fathers”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e128920>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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