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Early Church Fathers
By: Philip Schaff
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  • The most significant writings from the first 800 years of the Church
  • Features 166 authors from the time of the death of the Apostles to the eighth century AD
  • Vast in scope, with 18,000 pages, and over 100,000 footnotes

Product Details

The Early Church Fathers is a 37-volume collection of writings that are divided into three series, Ante-Nicene (ANF), Nicene and Post-Nicene Series I (NPNF1), and Nicene and Post-Nicene Series II (NPNF2). This CROSS version does not include the book indexes of each volume and does not include Volume 10 of the Ante-Nicene Series, which consists entirely of Bibliographic Synopsis and a General Index.

Ante-Nicene Fathers The Writings of the Fathers Down to A.D. 325

Volume 1. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus Clement of Rome, Mathetes, Polycarp, Ignatius, Barnabas, Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus.

Volume 2. - Fathers of the Second Century Hermas, Tatian, Theophilus, Athenagoras, Clement of Alexandria

Volume 3. - Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian [ Three Parts: I. Apologetic; II. Anti-Marcion; III. Ethical

Volume 4. - The Fathers of the Third Century Tertullian Part IV; Minucius Felix; Commodian; Origen.

Volume 5. - The Fathers of the Third Century Hippolytus; Cyprian; Caius; Novatian; Appendix

Volume 6. - The Fathers of the Third Century Gregory Thaumaturgus; Dinoysius the Great; Julius Africanus; Anatolius and Minor Writers; Methodius; Arnobius

Volume 7. - Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries Lactantius, Venantius, Asterius, Victorinus, Dionysius, Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions, Homily, Liturgies

Volume 8. - Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries The Twelve Patriarchs, Excerpts and Epistles, The Clementia, Apocrypha, Decretals, Memoirs of Edessa and Syriac Documents, Remains of the First Ages

Volume 9. - Recently Discovered Additions to Early Christian Literature; Commentaries of Origen The Gospel of Peter, The Diatessaron of Tatian, The Apocalypse of Peter, The Visio Pauli, The Apocalypses of the Virgin and Sedrach, The Testament of Abraham, The Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena, The Narrative of Zosimus, The Apology of Aristides, The Epistles of Clement (Complete Text), Origen's Commentary on John, Books I-X, Origen's Commentary on Matthew, Books I, II, and X-XIV

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers

St. Augustine Volumes

Volume 1. - Prolegomena: St. Augustine's Life and Work, Confessions, Letters

Volume 2. - The City of God, Christian Doctrine

Volume 3. - On the Holy Trinity, Doctrinal Treatises, Moral Treatises

Volume 4. - The Anti-Manichaean Writings, The Anti-Donatist Writings

Volume 5. - Anti-Pelagian Writings

Volume 6. - Sermon on the Mount, Harmony of the Gospels, Homilies on the Gospels

Volume 7. - Homilies on the Gospel of John, Homilies on the First Epistle of John, Soliloquies

Volume 8. - Expositions on the Psalms St. Chrysostom Volumes

St. Chrysostom Volumes

Volume 9. - On the Priesthood, Ascetic Treatises, Select Homilies and Letters, Homilies on the Statutes

Volume 10. - Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew

Volume 11. - Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistle to the Romans

Volume 12. - Homilies on First and Second Corinthians

Volume 13. - Homilies on the Epistles to the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon

Volume 14. - Homilies on the Gospel of St. John and the Epistle to the Hebrews

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Series 2

Volume 1. - Eusebius: Church History from A.D. 1-324, Life of Constantine the Great, Oration in Praise of Constantine

Volume 2. - Socrates: Church History from A.D. 305-438; Sozomenus: Church History from A.D. 323-425

Volume 3. - Theodoret, Jerome and Gennadius, Rufinus and Jerome

Volume 4. - Athanasius: Select Writings and Letters

Volume 5. - Gregory of Nyssa: Dogmatic Treatises; Select Writings and Letters

Volume 6. - Jerome: Letters and Select Works

Volume 7. - Cyril of Jerusalem, Gregory Nazianzen

Volume 8. - Basil: Letters and Select Works

Volume 9. - Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

Volume 10. - Ambrose: Select Works and Letters

Volume 11. - Sulpitius Severus, Vincent of Lerins, John Cassian Volume

Volume 12. - Leo the Great, Gregory the Great

Volume 13. - Gregory the Great II, Ephriam Syrus, Aphrahat

Volume 14. - The Seven Ecumenical Councils

About the Editor

Philip Schaff (1819 –1893), was born in Chur, Switzerland, and was educated at the gymnasium of Stuttgart, and at the universities of Tübingen, Halle and Berlin. He then traveled through Italy and Sicily as tutor to Baron Krischer. In 1842 he was Privatdozent in the University of Berlin, and in 1843 he was called to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, to teach church history and biblical literature, he was ordained as a minister of the Reformed Church in April 1844 and in July of that year arrived in the United States. For nineteen years he taught at Mercersburg Academy where he helped to develop the Mercersburg Theology, with its emphasis on the church and the sacraments. In 1863 he moved to New York City, where he became secretary of the New York Sabbath Committee, an organization opposed to the secularization of Sunday. In 1870 he joined the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he served until his death. His ecumenical interests were shown in his strong support of the Evangelical Alliance, of which he was the American secretary, and of the Alliance of Reformed Churches.

Schaff also wrote biographies, catechisms and hymnals for children, manuals of religious verse, lectures and essays on Dante. Schaff's contribution to the Christian community on historical works is unparalleled; here are just a few of his famous works: Creeds of Christendom, The Christ of the Gospels, Christ and Christianity. He was also a contributing editor to the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge and the American Standard Version 1901, which was a revision of the English Revised Version.