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Which Parts of the NT Did the Apostolic Fathers Use? Aug 12, 2004
This book, one of a series of three, is deceptively named. Although the title focuses on the Gospel of Matthew, Massaux actually discusses each New Testament book and how it was used by the post-New Testament early Christian writers (such as 1 Clement and Ignatius).
Although I have seen lists of supposed allussions to the NT by Apostolic Fathers, Massaux goes into much more detail. He ably and soberly sorts through the possible New Testament allusions and quotes. He organizes his material by devoting a chapter to each Apostolic Father and sections within each chapter to pariticular writings. Then there are subsections devoted to how the particular Apostolic Father's writing uses each New Testament book. There is also a very helpful scripture index at the end, which allows you to research particular verses and how they were used by all of the Apostolic Fathers.
This is not light reading. The translation of the French is pretty good, but not always lucid. And much of the discussion is about the use of particular greek phrases. Even so, laypersons can manage and benefit from the material. Indeed, I have not found anything else that covers this kind of material in this kind of depth.
If you are looking to discover which New Testament books were used by which Apostolic Fathers, this is the best resources I have found.