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Apostolic Fathers
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The term “Apostolic Fathers” goes back to J.-B. Cotelier, who in 1672 published the works of “the holy fathers who flourished in the apostolic age.” His edition contained the Epistle of Barnabas (Barnabas, Epistle of) and the two letters of Clement (Clement, Letters of), the letters of Ignatius (Ignatian epistles) and the letters of Polycarp of Smyrna along with the account of his martyrdom, and also the Shepherd of Hermas . The term “Apostolic Fathers” – now including the Didache, Diognetus , and the fragments of Papias and Quadratus – has become established. It is …

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Lindemann, Andreas, “Apostolic Fathers”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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