Early Christian Fathers
To the Emperor Titus Ælius Adrianus Antoninus Pius Augustus Cæsar, and to his son Verissimus the Philosopher, and to Lucius the Philosopher, the natural son of Cæsar, and the adopted son of Pius, a lover of learning, and to the sacred Senate, with the whole People of the Romans, I, Justin, the son of Priscus and grandson of Bacchius, natives of Flavia Neapolis in Palestine, present this address and petition in behalf of those of all nations who are unjustly hated and wantonly abused, myself being one of them.
Text of the Didache (c.130 A.D.) The Lord’s Teaching through the Twelve Apostles to the Nations 1. The Two Ways, one of life and one of death There are two ways, one of life and one of death; but a great difference between the two ways. The way of life, then, is this: First, you […]
Papias Bishop of Hierapolis (‘The Elder’), Fragments Written by Papias the Elder Fragment 1, From the Exposition of the Oracles of the Lord.(1) [The writings of Papias in common circulation are five in number, and these are called an Exposition of the Oracles of the Lord. Irenaeus makes mention of these as the only […]
Martyrdom of Polycarp Written by the Clergy of the Church of Smyrna Text taken from the Ante-Nicene Fathers series, vol. i; with corrections by M.C. Steenberg. The Church of God which sojourns at Smyrna, to the Church of God sojourning in Philomelium, and to all the congregations of the Holy and Catholic Church in every […]
Polycarp of Smyrna, Epistle to the Philippians Written by Polycarp of Smyrna Text taken from the Ante-Nicene Fathers series, vol. i; with corrections by M.C. Steenberg. Polycarp, and the presbyters with him, to the Church of God sojourning at Philippi: Mercy to you, and peace from God Almighty, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, our […]