By Cyril Richardson
This collection of writings from early church leaders comprises paintings by way of Clement of Rome, Ignatius, Polycarp, Irenaeus, Athenagoras, and Justin Martyr.
Long well-known for the standard of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics presents students and scholars with glossy English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in historical past. via those works--each written ahead of the top of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to interact the guidelines that experience formed Christian theology and the church in the course of the centuries.
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Was it not because he acted in righteous3 ness and truth, prompted by faith? Isaac, fully realizing what 4 was going to happen, gladly let himself be led to sacrifice. In humility Jacob quit his homeland because of his brother. H e went to Laban and became his slave, and to him there were 32 given the twelve scepters of the tribes of Israel. And if anyone will candidly look into each example, he will realize the magnificence of the gifts God gives. 2 For from Jacob there came all the priests and the Levites who serve at God's altar.
33). Once again, in defending the doctrine of the resurrection, Clement, like Paul, can base his case on a natural theology (ch. 24; cf. I Cor. 15:36), and is well aware that Christ is the first fruits of those that slept (ch. 24:1; cf. I Cor. 15:20). Yet his crowning argument is not the victory won by Christ over sin and the law, but the incredible tale of the phoenix (ch. 25)! " Clement expatiates on the orderliness of nature (ch. 20) and the consequences of envy and rivalry (chs. 4 to 6). These instances must suffice to indicate the extent to which Clement has moved away from the Pauline gospel into an atmosphere more concerned with the moral life, and in particular with the virtues of humility and order.
In the course of the Church's history those with special spiritual gifts have not seldom felt slighted if they received insufficient recognition or failed to be elected to office. This is the reverse of the situation reflected in the Didache, where the visiting prophet is held in high esteem and it is the claims of the local ministry that have to be pressed (chs. ; 13; 15:1, 2). 2 The relevant passages will be found in J. B. Lightfoot, The Apostolic Fathers, Part i, Vol. I, pp. 104 ff. CLEMENT'S FIRST L E T T E R 35 News of the dissension seems to have reached Rome through hearsay (ch.