Item description for The Early Church Fathers--Ante-Nicene Fathers: 10 Volumes by Roberts, Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson...
Overview The Ante-Nicene Fathers ranges from the Apostolic Fathers to various third and fourth century sources including the liturgies and ancient Syriac documents. It was intended to comprise translations into English of all the extant works of the Fathers (with the exception of the more bulky works of Origen) down to the date of the first General Council held at Nicaea in 325 A.D. This American edition by Arthur Cleveland Coxe is a revision of the original series edited by Alexander Roberts and Sir James Donaldson and published in Edinburgh. The revision involves a major rearrangement to conform to the historical sequence, the addition of brief introductions and notes indicating variances in readings, specifying references to scripture or literature, clarifying obscure passages, and noting corruptions or distortions of patristic testimony (as forged in the Decretals). The basic aim of the translations has been to strive for literary exactness, placing the English reader as nearly as possible on an equal footing with those who are able to read the original.
Publishers Description "The Ante-Nicene Fathers" ranges from the Apostolic Fathers to various third and fourth century sources including the liturgies and ancient Syriac documents. It was intended to comprise translations into English of all the extant works of the Fathers (with the exception of the more bulky works of Origen) down to the date of the first General Council held at Nicaea in 325 A.D. This American edition by Arthur Cleveland Coxe is a revision of the original series edited by Alexander Roberts and Sir James Donaldson and published in Edinburgh. The revision involves a major rearrangement to conform to the historical sequence, the addition of brief introductions and notes indicating variances in readings, specifying references to scripture or literature, clarifying obscure passages, and noting corruptions or distortions of patristic testimony (as forged in the Decretals). The basic aim of the translations has been to strive for literary exactness, placing the English reader as nearly as possible on an equal footing with those who are able to read the original.
Volume Titles: Volume 1: Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr, Inrenaeus Volume 2: Hermas, Tatian, Athenagoras, Theophilus, Clement of Alexandria Volume 3: Tertullian Volume 4: Tertullian (IV), Minucius Felix, Commodian, Origen Volume 5: Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, Novatian, Appendix Volume 6: Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius the Great, Julius Africanus, Anatolius and Minor Writers, Methodius, Arnobius Volume 7: Lactantius, Venantius, Asterius, Victorinus, Dionysius, Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions, Homily, and Liturgies Volume 8: Twelve Patriarchs, Excerpts and Epistles, The Clementina, Aprocryphal Gospels andActs, Syriac Documents Volume 9: Gospel of Peter, Diatessaron, Testament of Abraham, Epistles of Clement, Origen and Miscellaneous Works Volume 10: Bibliography, General Index, Annotated Index of Authors and Works
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.25" Width: 9.75" Height: 14" Weight: 25.5 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1994
Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
Series Early Church Fathers
ISBN 1565630823 ISBN13 9781565630826
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More About Roberts, Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson
Graham Roberts is Lecturer in Communications Arts, University of Leeds.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Ante-Nicene Fathers (10 Volume Set)?
An Absolute Must Have Jan 6, 2009
This 10-volume set is a blessing straight from the Father's hand. Although it is filled with traditional translational errors, that flaw is easily overcome by simply reading the more accurate translation into the text whenever such errors are encountered. This is not a difficult task once practiced a few times. Besides that, I have no complaints with this product. The knowledge it imparts concerning what the early believers believed and taught is invaluable. How far has the Body of the Anointed One strayed from the simplicity of the Good Message of Yahushua, Yahweh's only-begotten Son!
When I received the set, Volume One was missing. Instead, there were two copies of Volume Seven. A phone call to the publisher was all it took to correct the problem. Hendrickson Publishers was friendly, courteous, and unbelievably quick in their response to their packaging error. Kudos to them all.
My recommendation is that you purchase this set, settle down in a quiet place with Volume One, and let yourself be blessed by our long-gone brothers.
Your servant in Yahushua, Yahweh's Anointed,
Classic of Christian Literature -- a must for every Christian scholar Aug 23, 2008
Frankly, it is grossly presumptuous of me to write a review on this work -- it's like a backwoods pastor writing a review on the New Testament. However, a few points should be made to guide those who might stumble across this work and wonder if they should purchase it. A quick answer: absolutely! And at whatever price.
These are the writings of all known early Christian fathers who contributed to Christian literature from the time following Paul until 325 CE, the date of the 1st General Council of Nicea. They are indispensible for understanding the growth and beliefs of early Christians. I can't imagine being without them.
The set I possess is a reprint of the American Edition of 1885, produced by Hendrickson Publishers in 1994, and annotated by A. Cleveland Coxe. There are other editions, but this one is well done with small but easy to read type, and recommended without qualification.
Perhaps the sole criticism of this edition is that it reflects none of the material than has come to light since 1885, particularly the Nag Hammadi codexes that are available from Robinson and other fragments of perhaps lesser importance. In this respect these volumes can be considered somewhat incomplete, but that hardly detracts from their usefulness. In addition, some writings contained within have been enhanced or corrected through more recent discoveries, but again these can be handled separately by the historian as his interest dictates.
This set is a basic work and the primary evidence recognized by the early Church of the Canon and credibility of the New Testament. The writings are inferior to the New Testament, but in seeking to further and explain its teaching, are a monument to the power of the Gospel. They should be the starting point for anyone interested in early Christianity.
The Best we will ever have Jun 20, 2008
While I agree that this set has various faults, as the other reviewers have rightly pointed out, we must also accept it for what it is. It is an 1885 edition of this material, and nothing else like this has been attempted in the 120 years since, nor is it likley to be.
And, yes, while it may be nice to have newer versions and translations which take newer findings into account, it must also be recognised that if a newer edition was produced, we would not be able to purchase it for the price of this older - and out of copyright - set. The cost to produce a newer edition would be prohibitive for the average person, and these great documents of church history would be confined to libraries and the offices of university professors - far from the reach of us "ordinary" people. It is in fact the cost which prevents a newer edition being undertaken.
So, let us not complain too loudly, but enjoy what we have, and make the best use of it that we can - all the while recognising that while this set is not "perfect", it is the best we will ever have.
Adequate edition Apr 3, 2006
This is a reprint of the 19th century version. It's not typeset with modern quality, but it's far from unreadable. It's old-fashioned (akin to what you might see in the popular cheap replications of the original Shakespeare folio). The print is small, but the reproduction is clear, so it's not difficult to read.
I would sell all of my literature to buy this pearl. Apr 28, 2005
This is an excellent (and, in my opinion, the best) collection of early Christian writings, for many reasons. First of all, it's a very reliable, widely accepted, critically praised, and relatively literal translation (compared to others that I've seen). Secondly, the writings contained in it are complete, unlike many other publications that only contain fragments or portions of these early writings. And finally, it's currently the only large collection that's reasonably affordable. For all of these reasons, I give it full marks.
It is not, however, perfect. There are several more recently discovered writings that are not found in these volumes. For Irenaeus' "Proof of the Apostolic Preaching," you'll have to try and get your hands on volume 16 of the "Ancient Christian Writers" series. While the "Popular Patristics" series provides us with Melito of Sardis' "On Pascha" and Hippolytus' "On the Apostolic Tradition." And then there are the many other writings of Origen that aren't in the "Ante-Nicene Fathers" (hereafter referred to simply as "the ANF"): His "Homilies on Genesis" and "Homilies on Exodus" can be found in volume 71 of the "Fathers of the Church" series; "Homilies on Leviticus 1-16" in volume 83; "Homilies on Joshua" in volume 105; "Homilies on Jeremiah" and "Homily on 1 Kings 28" in volume 97; "Homilies on Luke" in volume 94; and his lengthy "Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans" in volumes 103 & 104. Also, volume 19 of the "Ancient Christian Writers" series has Origen's "On Prayer" and "Exhortation to Martyrdom," while volume 26 has both his "Commentary on The Song of Solomon" and "Homilies on The Song of Solomon," and finally volume 54 has his "Treatise on the Passover" and "Dialogue with Heraclides." (Yes, Origen was the single most prolific early Christian writer.) But the only other complaint that I have about the ANF is that it doesn't translate book three of Clement of Alexandria's "Stromata" (Miscellaneous) into English, so you'll have to get it from somewhere like volume 2 of "The Library of Christian Classics."
You can, however, find Irenaeus' extra work, as well as Basil the Great's and Gregory of Nazianzus' "The Philocalia" (which is a collection of quotations from several of Origen's writings, some of which are not found in the ANF) in their entirety on the internet, and even the whole ANF series and a translation of the previously mentioned portion of work by Clement. So start your search-engines. And if you still can't track down a copy of the ANF that's within your price range, then I highly recommend that you at least buy David W. Bercot's "A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs" which is essentially a topical index that compiles seven-hundred and four pages worth of quotations from the ANF on over 700 different issues, and also serves as an excellent supplementary source even if you already have the whole ANF set.
Want to know more about this book, who the early Christians were and what they taught, and/or what the Bible has to say about the post-Biblical Christians and the importance of their writings? Then feel free to contact me via E-mail.