Reading the Church Fathers


#1

Hey all.

I’m looking to get my hands on the collection of the writings of the Early Church Fathers, without commentary from the translator/editor.

I want to read the church fathers firsthand without hearing someone elses opinion of what they were writing about. Hopefully I can get a non-biased translation, but scholarly. I know that there are about 30-40 volumes in the complete writings of the fathers, but I’ll read them all…Any suggestions?


#2

There’s an excellent set on Amazon.com of the Pre-Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers. You can buy it book by book or the whole set. The publisher I believe is Rev. Alexander Roberts. I plan on eventually investing some money into this.

Alaha minokhoun,
Andrew


#3

You can also go here ccel.org/

The best part is the free part!


#4

I’ve found the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series to be an excellent way to do this. It is an ecumenical project which presents a Bible passage then a series of ECF commentaries upon it. It’s a great way to get introduced to big passages of ECF thought in a broad, deep, and relevant fashion.

Given the trouble finding ECF works in print and consequent expense, I recommend seeking out eBook versions. I’ve got a bunch on my Amazon Kindle and find it the perfect pre-Mass discipline. For example, I just finished St Augustine’s excellent “On Christian Doctrine”, which includes his recommended approach to Scriptural interpretation.


#5

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