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CHURCH HISTORY The Apostolic Fathers. CLEMENT OF ROME. Served as leading Elder or Bishop in the church at Rome. Wrote a letter to the Corinthians known as “Clement I” He made frequent reference to the OT and Pauline Epistles. Died in 101 AD. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH.

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Church history the apostolic fathers

CHURCH HISTORYThe Apostolic Fathers


Clement of rome

CLEMENT OF ROME

Served as leading Elder or Bishop in the church at Rome.

Wrote a letter to the Corinthians known as “Clement I”

He made frequent reference to the OT and Pauline Epistles.

Died in 101 AD


Ignatius of antioch

IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH

Served as Bishop of Antioch and the most famous of the group.

His seven letters after his arrest emphasized unity in the Churches.

He held that the church cannot function its ministries without a Bishop.

Died in 115 AD


Polycarp of smyrna

POLYCARP OF SMYRNA

Disciple of the Apostle John

His letters emphasized faith in Christ and its application in daily living.

Died in 155 AD


Papias of phrygia

PAPIAS OF PHRYGIA

Wrote the “Interpretations of the sayings of the Lord”.

Also a disciple of the Apostle John

Died 155 AD



The shepherd of hermas

The Shepherd of Hermas

Written between 90 and 150 AD

It includes 5 Visions, 12 Mandates and 10 Similitudes.

It deals with repentance and forgiveness of sins after baptism.


The epistle of barnabas

The Epistle of Barnabas

Written in Alexandria between 70 and 130 AD

Allegorical in nature, engaging in gross typology and numerology.

It emphasizes that keeping the law was not necessary because Christ’s work is sufficient.


Didache or teachings of the twelve

Didache or Teachings of the Twelve

Originated from Alexandria or Syria

A church manual divided into 4 parts

1. Christian ethics (Chap. 1- 6)

2. Liturgical matters (7 – 10)

3. Ministry and Church government (11 – 15)

4. Second coming and the end of the world (16)


“The Apostolic Fathers must be evaluated in accordance with their apparent purpose: to exhort and edify the church.”


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