Introduction to Patristic Study by Henry Barclay Swete

Henry Barclay Swete [1835-1917], Patristic StudyIn his foreword H.B. Swete notes that he wrote this book to encourage younger clergy to read the church fathers for themselves and not to rely on second hand information. This brief introduction will be still of value to students of the early church more than a century after it was first published. This title is in the public domain.

Henry Barclay Swete [1835-1917], Patristic Study. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1902. Hbk. pp.194. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  1. Introductory
  2. Fathers of the First Two Centuries
  3. Fathers of the Third Century
  4. Post-Nicene Fathers (Greek and Eastern)
  5. Post-Nicene Fathers (Latin)
  6. Courses and Methods of Patristic Study
  7. Help to Patristic Study

Chapter 1: Introductory

The literary remains of the Apostolic age in the providence of God have become the common property of Christendom. Admitted into the canon of Holy Scripture, translated into the language of every civilised people, circulated by great societies established for that end, the Gospels and Epistles, the Acts and the Apocalypse are in the hands of all Christians who can read their mother tongue. A widely different fate has overtaken the post-Apostolic literature of the Ancient Church. If the names of some of the more eminent ‘Fathers’ are familiar to all educated men, few are attracted to the study of their writings. A grotesque misrepresentation associates the Fathers with dulness and ignorance. It is assumed that the writings which record the history, the life, and the thought of the Christian Church during the centuries which followed the death of St. John are destitute of literary merit or spiritual profit….

Public Domain Articles from the Journal of Theological Studies (1899-1909)

The following Public Domain articles from the Journal of Theological Studies relating to early church history are now available on-line in PDF:

William Sanday [1843–1920], “Recent Research on the Origin of the Creed.” Journal of Theological Studies 1 No 1 (Oct. 1899): 3-22.

William Sanday [1843–1920], “Further Research on the History of the Creed,” Journal of Theological Studies 3 No 9 (Oct. 1901): 1-21.

Henry Barclay Swete [1835-1917], “Eucharistic Belief in the Second and Third Centuries,” Journal of Theological Studies 3 No 10 (Oct. 1901): 161-177.

Andrew Ewbank Burn [1864-1927], “The Textus Receptus of the Apostle’s Creed,” Journal of Theological Studies 3 No 12 (July 1902): 481-500.

John Chapman [1885-1934], “The Order of the Treatises and Letters in the MSS of St. Cyprian,” Journal of Theological Studies 4 No 13 (Oct. 1902): 103-123.

Edward William Watson [1859-1936], “Cyprianica,” Journal of Theological Studies 4 No 13 (Oct. 1902): 131.

Edward William Watson [1859-1936], “The Interpolations in St. Cyprian’s De Unitate Ecclesiae,” Journal of Theological Studies 5 No 19 (April 1904): 432-436.

John Chapman [1885-1934], “The Interpolations in St. Cyprian’s De Unitate Ecclesiae,” Journal of Theological Studies 5 No 20 (July 1904): 634-636.

Arthur James Mason [1851-1928], “Note on the Text of the Hymns of Hilary,” Journal of Theological Studies 5 No 20 (July 1904): 636.

Andrew Ewbank Burn [1864-1927], “The Textus Receptus of the Apostle’s Creed,” Journal of Theological Studies 3 No 12 (July 1902): 481-500.

John Chapman [1885-1934], “St Irenaeus on the Dates of the Gospels,” Journal of Theological Studies 6 No 24 (July 1905): 563-599.

Joseph Bickersteth Mayor [1828-1911], “The Epistle of St Jude and the Marcosian Heresy,” Journal of Theological Studies 6 No 24 (July 1905): 569-577.

Arthur Sumner Walpole [1850/51-1920], “Hymns Attributed to Hilary of Poitiers,” Journal of Theological Studies 6 No 24 (July 1905): 599-603.

William Emery Barnes [1859-1939] “The ‘Nicene’ Creed In The Syriac Psalter,” Journal of Theological Studies 7 No 27 (April 1906): 441-449.

John Chapman [1885-1934], “Papias on the Age of our Lord,” Journal of Theological Studies 9 No 33 (Oct. 1907): 42-61.

Cuthbert H. Turner [1860–1930], “Prolegomena To The Testimonia Of St Cyprian. II,” Journal of Theological Studies 9 No 33 (Oct. 1907): 62-87.

Hugh Jackson Lawlor [1860-1938], “The Heresy of the Phrygians,” Journal of Theological Studies 9 No 36 July 1908): 481-499.

Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare [1856-1924], “An Old Armenian Version of Josephus,” Journal of Theological Studies 9 No 36 July 1908): 577-583.

Henry Hoyle Howorth [1842-1923], “The Influence of St Jerome on the Canon of the Western Church. I,” Journal of Theological Studies 10 No 40 (July 1909): 481.