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Patristics / Patrology -- The Early Church Fathers & Their Writings: Web Sources for Texts

Grounded in the teachings and passion of Jesus Christ, early Christian theologians studied Jewish thought, Greek philosophy, and Greek and Latin vocabulary in their endeavor to explain complex Christian theological concepts.

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Early Church Fathers in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Full texts of the Pre-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers

Ante-Nicene Fathers

Volume I.    Clement of Rome, Mathetes, Polycarp, Ignatius, Barnabas, Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus.

Volume II.  Hermas, Tatian, Theophilus, Athenagoras, Clement of Alexandria

Volume III. Tertullian I-III

Volume IV.  Tertullian IV; Minucius Felix; Commodian; Origen

Volume V.   Hippolytus; Cyprian; Caius; Novatian; Appendix

Volume VI.  Gregory Thaumaturgus; Dinoysius the Great; Julius Africanus; Anatolius and Minor Writers; Methodius; Arnobius

Volume VII. Lactantius, Venantius, Asterius, Victorinus, Dionysius, Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions, Homily, Liturgies

Volume VIII.Twelve Patriarchs, Excerpts and Epistles, The Clementia, Apocrypha, Decretals, Memoirs of Edessa and Syriac Documents

Volume IX.  Gospel of Peter, Diatessaron, Apocalypse of Peter, Visio Pauli, Apocalypses of the Virgin/Sedrach, Testament of Abraham, Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena, Narrative of Zosimus, Apology of Aristides, Epistles of Clement, Origen on John, Origen on Mathew

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Series I 

      St. Augustine  

volume I.    Confessions, Letters

Volume II.   City of God, Christian Doctrine

Volume III.  On the Holy Trinity, Doctrinal Treatises, Moral Treatises

Volume IV.   Anti-Manichaean Writings, Anti-Donatist Writings

Volume V.    Anti-Pelagian Writings

Volume VI.   Sermon on the Mount, Harmony of the Gospels, Homilies on the Gospels

Volume VII.  Homilies on John, Homilies on First Epistle of John, Soliloquies

Volume VIII. Expositions on Psalms 

St. Chrysostom Volumes of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers

Volume IX.   On the Priesthood, Ascetic Treatises, Select Homilies and Letters, Homilies on Statutes

Volume X.    Homilies on Matthew

Volume XI.   Homilies on Acts and Romans

Volume XII.  Homilies on 1st & 2nd Corinthians

Volume XIII. Homilies on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon

Volume XIV.  Homilies on John and  Hebrews


Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Series II

Volume I.      Eusebius: Church History, Life of Constantine, Oration in Praise of Constantine

Volume II.     Socrates: Church History; Sozomenus: Church History

Volume III.   Theodoret, Jerome and Gennadius, Rufinus and Jerome

Volume IV.    Athanasius: Select Writings and Letters

Volume V.     Gregory of Nyssa: Dogmatic Treatises; Selected Writings and Letters

Volume VI.     Jerome: Letters and Select Works

Volume VII.   Cyril of Jerusalem, Gregory Nazianzen

Volume VIII.  Basil: Letters and Select Works

Volume IX.    Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

Volume X.      Ambrose: Select Works and Letters

Volume XI.    Sulpitius Severus, Vincent of Lerins, John Cassian

Volume XII.   Leo the Great, Gregory the Great

Volume XIII.  Gregory the Great II, Ephriam Syrus, Aphrahat  

Volume XIV.  Seven Ecumenical Councils

Fathers of the Church and Their Writings

Three Holy Hierarchs

Basil the Great (known as Basil of Caesarea), Gregory the Theologian (known as Gregory of Nazianzus) and John Chrusotom, are know as the three holy hierarchs.

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