Apostolic Fathers

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A title given since the 17th cent. to those Fathers of the age immediately after the NT period whose works survive in whole or part. They are Clement of Rome, Ignatius, Hermas, Polycarp, and Papias, and the authors of the ‘Epistle of Barnabas’, the ‘Epistle to Diognetus’, 2 Clement, and the ‘Didache’.

Subjects: Biblical Studies.

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