The Early Church Fathers

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The Greek and Latin Fathers of the Church are central to the creation of Christian doctrine and the establishment of the Christian Church as a social entity in the first five centuries AD. Students of theology, religion, late antiquity and the early Middle Ages constantly encounter the names of these writers; yet most of them are dauntingly inaccessible to the student because of the volume of their writings and the relative paucity of available translations.

This series makes available translations of key selected texts by the major Fathers, for the use of all students of the early church. Each volume is the work of a distinguished scholar and theologian, who has selected and translated the most representative texts of the author in question. Each volume contains a long introduction setting the subject in his historical and philosophical context, as well as a brief introduction and notes on the translations.

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    Basil of Caesarea

    By Stephen Hildebrand

    This unique volume examines the life and thought of Basil of Caesarea. Stephen M. Hildebrand brings together a lengthy introduction to his life and thought with a selection of extracts from his diverse works in new translations, with each extract accompanied by an introduction and notes. This…

    Paperback – 2018-03-29
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    Leo the Great

    By Bronwen Neil

    Pope Leo I’s theological and political influence in his own time (440-461) and beyond far outweighs the amount of attention he has received in recent scholarship. That influence extended well beyond Rome to the Christian East through his contribution to preparations for the Council of Chalcedon and…

    Paperback – 2009-05-18
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  • Theodore of Mopsuestia book cover

    Theodore of Mopsuestia

    By Frederick McLeod

    Theodore, bishop of Mopsuestia, (c.350-428) stands out as the pre-eminent exponent of the School of Antioch’s literal, historical and rational emphases in exegesis and of its staunch defence of Christ’s humanity. At his death, he was hailed as one of the outstanding, prolific biblical theologians…

    Paperback – 2008-08-19
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    Theophilus of Alexandria

    By Norman Russell

    If Theophilus of Alexandria seems a minor figure today, it is because we persist in seeing him through the eyes of hostile contemporary witnesses, each of whom had his own reasons for diminishing Theophilus’ stature. In fact, he was one of the greatest bishops of the Theodosian era, who played an…

    Paperback – 2006-11-24
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  • Evagrius Ponticus book cover

    Evagrius Ponticus

    By Augustine Casiday

    Presenting many texts available for the very first time, this new volume in the successful Early Church Fathers series showcases full translations of Evagrius' letters, notes on various books of the bible, his treatises and his 'chapters'. Augustine Casiday's material is both accurate and…

    Paperback – 2006-04-07
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  • Gregory of Nazianzus book cover

    Gregory of Nazianzus

    By Brian Daley

    This book brings together a new, original survey of the significance of Gregory's life and work with translations of eight beautiful and profound orations. Gregory of Nazianzus portrays a vivid picture of a fascinating character of vital importance who deserves to be regarded as the first true…

    Paperback – 2006-03-08
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  • Theodoret of Cyrus book cover

    Theodoret of Cyrus

    By Istvan Pasztori Kupan

    The larger part of Theodoret of Cyrus' existant body of work still remains untranslated, and this lack provides a fragmented representation of his thought and has lead to his misrepresentation by ancient, medieval and some modern scholars. Theodoret of Cyrus presents a fresh collection of…

    Paperback – 2006-02-27
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    Gregory the Great

    By John Moorhead

    Gregory's life culminated in his holding the office of pope (590 - 604). He is generally regarded as one of the outstanding figures in the long line of popes, and by the late ninth century had come to be known as 'the Great'. Along with Ambrose, Jerome and Augustine, he played a critical role in…

    Paperback – 2005-03-02
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  • Severus of Antioch book cover

    Severus of Antioch

    By Pauline Allen, C.T.R Hayward

    In the first book to be devoted exclusively to Severus, well-known author in the field, Pauline Allen, focuses on a fascinating figure who is seen simultaneously as both a saint and a heretic. Part of our popular Early Church Fathers series, this volume translates a key selection of Severus'…

    Paperback – 2004-11-11
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    By Khaled Anatolios

    This book presents the fundamental elements of Athanasius' response to the  central questions of the identity of Jesus and the nature of his relationship with God. Providing a useful introduction on his life and work, the book focuses on the tumultuous doctrinal controversies of the day in…

    Paperback – 2004-06-17
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    By Geoffrey D. Dunn

    This book is the first accessible introduction in English to Tertullian's works, providing translations of Adversus Iudaeos (Against the Jews), Scorpiace (Antidote for the Scorpion's Sting) and De Verginibus Velandis (On the Veiling of Virgins). Tertullian (c. AD 160 - 225) was one of the first…

    Paperback – 2004-05-27
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  • Jerome book cover


    By Stefan Rebenich

    As a scholar, writer and ascetic, Jerome was a major intellectual force in the early Church and influenced the ideals of Christian chastity and poverty for many generations after his death. This book assembles a representative selection of his voluminous output. It will help readers to a balanced…

    Paperback – 2002-09-05
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    Cyril of Jerusalem

    By E.J. Yarnold S.J.

    Cyril was bishop in Jerusalem from c350-351 AD until 386 AD. His writings are an important source for the history of early Christian doctrine. This book provides full English translations, with explanatory commentary, of his most important works. The introduction covers Cyril's life; his historical…

    Paperback – 2000-09-28
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  • Early Christian Latin Poets book cover

    Early Christian Latin Poets

    By Carolinne White

    Christian Latin poetry from the fourth to sixth centuries was hugely influential on English and French medieval literature. In this, the first substantial overview of this poetry, Carolinne White sets the works in their literary and historical context, including translations of over thirty poems…

    Paperback – 2000-09-21
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    Cyril of Alexandria

    By Norman Russell

    As a ruler of the church of Alexander and president of the Third Ecumenical Council of 431, Cyril was one of the most powerful men of the fifth century. Not only did he define the concept of christological orthodoxy for the next two centuries, but he is also often regarded as an unscrupulous cleric…

    Paperback – 2000-04-13
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  • John Chrysostom book cover

    John Chrysostom

    By Pauline Allen, Wendy Mayer

    First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1999-11-11
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  • Gregory of Nyssa book cover

    Gregory of Nyssa

    By Anthony Meredith

    Gregory of Nyssa provides a concise and accessible introduction to the thought of this early church father with new translations of key selections of his writings. Anthony Meredith presents a diverse range of Gregory's writings: his contribution to the debates of the period about the nature of God…

    Paperback – 1999-01-28
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    By Joseph W. Trigg

    Origen was the most influential Christian theologian before Augustine, the founder of Biblical study as a serious discipline in the Christian tradition, and a figure with immense influence on the development of Christian spirituality.This volume presents a comprehensive and accessible insight into…

    Paperback – 1998-08-27
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    By Boniface Ramsey

    St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan from 374 to 397, was one of the most important figures of the fourth century Roman empire. This volume explores the enormous impact of Ambrose on Western civilization, and examines the complexity of his ideas and influence; as a poet, ascetic, mystic and politician.…

    Paperback – 1997-07-03
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  • Irenaeus of Lyons book cover

    Irenaeus of Lyons

    By Robert M. Grant

    During the second century the Christian world was shaken by the Gnostics. Irenaeus came from Asia Minor via Rome to become bishop of Lyons, clarify Christian doctrines and fight the Gnostics with a major, five-volume work. He was a living part of his contemporary culture and his approach filled…

    Paperback – 1996-11-21
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    Maximus the Confessor

    By Andrew Louth

    St Maximus the Confessor, the greatest of Byzantine theologians, lived through the most catastrophic period the Byzantine Empire was to experience before the Crusades. This book introduces the reader to the times and upheavals during which Maximus lived. It discusses his cosmic vision of humanity…

    Paperback – 1996-04-25
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