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Overview Essential primary texts in deluxe reader-friendly package Following last year's publication of his thorougly revised translations in The Apostolic Fathers in English, a leading expert on these texts offers a thorougly revised and redesigned bilingual edition, featuring Greek and English on facing pages. Introductions and bibliographies are generous and up to date. In the textual apparatus, existing notes have been revised and expanded, and well over 200 new notes have been added. This handsome and handy one-volume, thin-paper edition, with ribbon marker, will be an essential resource for students and scholars and a joy to book lovers.
Publishers Description Following the publication of his revised translations in "The Apostolic Fathers in English," 3rd ed., Michael Holmes, a leading expert on these texts, offers a thoroughly revised and redesigned bilingual edition, featuring Greek (or Latin) and English on facing pages. Introductions and bibliographies are generous and up to date. In the textual apparatus, existing notes have been revised and expanded, and well over 200 new notes have been added. This handsome and handy one-volume, thin-paper edition will be an essential resource for students and scholars and a joy to book lovers.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.52" Width: 6.04" Height: 1.08" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 080103468X ISBN13 9780801034688
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael W. Holmes
Michael W. Holmes (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies and early Christianity at Bethel University. A leading scholar of the Apostolic Fathers, he is currently writing a major critical commentary on Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians and The Martyrdom of Polycarp.
Michael W. Holmes was born in 1950.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations?
What a great book! Apr 13, 2010
I have been very happy with this collection of texts. Holmes has done an excellent job with the concise introductions , and eloquent translations of the greek, (etc.) works. The indices in the back are also very helpful for research. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants an english translation of the great patristic texts. I would also recommend it to Greek students who are looking for a little more exercise and learned Greek readers who would like a more wieldy collection of patristics. The book is compact, the font is very legible, the binding is solid and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
Classic text Mar 5, 2009
This book is simply beautifully presented, in both dimensions and layout. The content is laid so as to read in a straight forward manner. A little more back ground to each piece would really have lifted an already good text to even greater heights.Attractive price. Strongly recommend this to anyone in this field.
A very good and serviceable edition! Feb 15, 2009
Not to repeat at length the mostly laudatory comments, I will tell briefly my impressions:
1) It's a very well-produced volume (Baker at its finest), more user friendly than the TWO little volumes in Loeb's (not to mention the fact that many readers will feel ill-at-ease with Ehrman's interpretations). The Greek typeface is not my favorite (who minds?!) but is a very clear and perfectly printed upright type. India paper is sometimes tricky to handle, but of course you already know that.
2) English translation is good, fluent and readable. As far as I can tell, the paratexts (apparatuses, introductions, bibliographies and indexes are also well got.
3) The "canon" (so to speak) of books included is the most common "wide" one, and we find -among others- SEVEN letters of Ignatius, the two writings by/on Polycarp, the Didache, the lovely Epistle to Diognetus, The Shepherd of Hermas, and even the fragment of Quadratus (remember him?) and the fragments of Papias. You name it!
A wonderful and most useful edition of these all-too-important but not so well known texts concerning the beginnings of Christianity, antedating all of them any attempted closing of New Testament canon (which, of course was not closed nor even debated at the Nicaea Council of A.D.325, as many will have it; but it was SUBSTANTIALLY closed by A.D.160 -give or take fifteen years- and was NEVER officially closed in the centuries of the undivided Church, but accepted slowly as the de facto standard by all and every Christians, united or -disgracefully- separated).
Have a nice reading (or studying)!
The Apostolic Fathers Feb 4, 2009
I will decline to comment on the text itself which is an invaluable resource for the Christian student. This specific volume is remarkable for its completeness and quality. A must buy for those interested in theology and students of koine Greek.
Very nice, readable text; sturdy binding Jan 30, 2009
I'll let other people comment on the texts themselves -- suffice it to say that these are worthy versions of the basic patristic library. Everyone should have some version of these texts lying around somewhere. My comments are specific to this book as a book.
Holmes' third edition (0-8010-3468-X) is a fantastic update to the Greek patristic texts, especially from the standpoint of readability. It appears -- though there doesn't seem to be a printer's note -- to be entirely set in SIL Gentium for the Greek, Latin and English texts. This is a very clean, readable serif print font, and gives a unified feel across the languages. By comparison to my well-worn 6th ed Patrum Apostolicorum Opera, entirely italic and tightly spaced, the Greek text of Holmes' edition is roman, perhaps a point larger, and its line spacing feels slightly larger than proportional. Each section of the documents is set off by significant whitespace, which is likely due to the parallel translation alignment, but also serves to add comment room for students with less-than-classical handwriting training. All in all, very easy on the eyes!
The only complaint I have with this volume is its binding, and that's a matter of personal taste. The pages are nice, well-bound, with a good bookmark (heavier than some). While its size makes it a great match for the portability of any of my other "pocket" scriptures (NA27, UBS4, BHS, LXX), this volume is a hardback. The boards are comparable to those on the new GBS Rahlfs-Hanhart LXX, but what is a comfortable necessity for a volume of that size feels excessive on one less than half its page count. Sturdy is a good word for it, and it certainly holds up better under my commute and book bag than the paper covers of the PAO, but it's just not quite as "at home" in the hand as the soft leather covers. But you can't have everything, and for the benefits of this edition, that's a small issue -- I think others may even find it to be a feature.