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Apostolic Fathers
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1. The Phrase

The phrase “Apostolic Fathers” goes back to a 1672 Paris edition prepared by J.-B. Cotelier entitled Ss. Patrum qui temporibus apostolicis floruerunt … opera. This work contained Barnabas, 1 and 2 Clement, the epistles of Ignatius and Polycarp, Martyrdom of Polycarp, and Hermas. Although the historicity is debatable, the phrase has secured a place in historical study. It now applies also to Didache, the Epistle to Diognetus, the Quadratus Fragment, and the fragments of Papias.

2. The Writings

2.1. Didache

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Paulsen, Henning, “Apostolic Fathers”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A531>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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