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PREFACE .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 
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INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHRISTIAN LITERATURE AND ITS SETTING (By the Editor ) .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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BASIC WORKS ON EARLY CHRISTIAN LITERATURE AND HISTORY .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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LETTERS IN CRISES

THE LETTER OF THE CHURCH OF ROME TO THE CHURCH OF CORINTH, COMMONLY CALLED CLEMENT’S FIRST LETTER (Edited and Translated by the Editor )

 

Introduction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Books .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Text .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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THE LETTERS OF IGNATIUS, BISHOP OF ANTIOCH (Edited and Translated by the Editor )

 

Introduction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Books .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Text .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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THE LETTER OF POLYCARP, BISHOP OF SMYRNA, TO THE PHILIPPIANS (Edited and Translated by Massey Hamilton Shepherd, Jr. )

 

Introduction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Books .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Text .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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THE WAY OF MARTYRDOM

THE MARTYRDOM OF POLYCARP, AS TOLD IN THE LETTER OF THE CHURCH OF SMYRNA TO THE CHURCH OF PHILOMELIUM

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(Edited and Translated by Massey Hamilton Shepherd, Jr. )

 

Introduction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Books .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Text .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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A CHURCH MANUAL

THE TEACHING OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES, COMMONLY CALLED THE DIDACHE (Edited and Translated by the Editor )

 

Introduction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Books .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Text .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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AN EARLY CHRISTIAN SERMON

AN ANONYMOUS SERMON, COMMONLY CALLED CLEMENT’S SECOND LETTER (Edited and Translated by the Editor )

 

Introduction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Books .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Text .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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IN DEFENSE OF THE FAITH

THE SO-CALLED LETTER TO DIOGNETUS (Edited and Translated by Eugene R. Fairweather )

 

Introduction and Books .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Text: I. An Anonymous Brief for Christianity Presented to Diognetus; II. A Homily Concerning the Mystery of Faith.

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THE FIRST APOLOGY OF JUSTIN, THE MARTYR (Edited and Translated by Edward Rochie Hardy )

 

Introduction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Books .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Text .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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A PLEA REGARDING CHRISTIANS BY ATHENAGORAS, THE PHILOSOPHER (Edited and Translated by the Editor )

 

Introduction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Books .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Text .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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AN EXPOSITION OF THE FAITH

SELECTIONS FROM THE WORK AGAINST HERESIES BY IRENAEUS, BISHOP OF LYONS (Edited and Translated by Edward Rochie Hardy )

 

Introduction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Books .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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Text .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 

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INDEXES 399
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