Looking for a book - a survey of texts for studying early church

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Jordan Litchfield | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Mar 24 2022 11:28 AM

I am looking for something similar to the following two references, except aimed at study of the church fathers:

Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible: A Guide to the Background Literature

Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies: A Guide to the Background Literature

Any suggestions?

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Jordan Litchfield | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 24 2022 1:47 PM

Kenneth Neighoff:

Thanks, Kenneth, but I'm not sure this is comparable to the two books I referenced. Those two are probably more literature surveys, whereas from the TOC of the book you linked it looks like the author zeros in on some of the major church fathers.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 24 2022 2:45 PM

more specialized but consider:

  • Johnson, Lawrence J. Worship in the Early Church: An Anthology of Historical Sources. Vol. 1. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • Sweis, Khaldoun A., and Chad V. Meister, eds. Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012.
  • Donaldson, James. A Critical History of Christian Literature and Doctrine from the Death of the Apostles to the Nicene Council. Vol. I–III. London: Macmillan and Co., 1864–1866.

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 24 2022 3:46 PM

Jordan Litchfield:

I am looking for something similar to the following two references, except aimed at study of the church fathers:

Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible: A Guide to the Background Literature

Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies: A Guide to the Background Literature

Any suggestions?

I'd think you need to be a bit more specific.  For example, your NT-example above, beginning after chap4, overlaps the church fathers almost completely (Mishnah/Talmud, Targums, and so forth).

If alternatively, you were wanting background, for example on Clement (eg the resurrection of the phoenix), I'm not sure of a single source; they're typically in the commentaries on the fathers.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 24 2022 5:31 PM

Jordan Litchfield:
Any suggestions?

Quasten's four volume Patrology or Drobner's The Fathers of the Church might well be what you're looking for. I only wish I could acquire them electronically from Faithlife.

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Jordan Litchfield | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 25 2022 7:49 AM

Thanks, everyone!

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