Apostolic Fathers | Clement of Alexandria | Clement of Rome | Cyprian | Hippolytus | Ignatius | Irenaeus of Lyons | Justin Martyr | Origen | Tertullian

Six Lectures on the Ante-Nicene Fathers – F J A Hort

Today’s free book is a series of six lectures on significant ante-nicene fathers by F.J.A. Hort- see the table of contents for the full list. My thanks to Book Aid for making this public domain titles available for digitisation. Fenton John Anthony Hort [1828–1892], Six Lectures on the Ante-Nicene Fathers. London & New York: MacMillan…

Apologists | Clement of Rome | Diatessaron | Didache | Epistle of Barnabas | Epistle to Diognetus | Gnosticism | Ignatius | Justin Martyr | Papias | Shepherd of Hermas | Writings

Introduction to Early Christian Books by William John Ferrar

This handy little book provides brief summaries of Christian writers and their writings up to the middle of the Second Century. My thanks to Book Aid for making this public domain volume available for digitisation. William John Ferrar [1868-1945], The Early Christian Books. Handbooks of Christian Literature. London: SPCK, 1919. Hbk. pp.108. [Click here to…

Ambrose of Milan | Athanasius | Augustine of Hippo | Clement of Alexandria | Cyprian | Eusebius of Caesarea | Ignatius | Irenaeus of Lyons | Jerome | John Chrysostom | Justin Martyr | Origen | Tertullian

Church Leaders in Primitive Times

This book is a collection of lectures that cover 13 significant Christian leaders from the first five centuries of the Church. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation. William Lefroy [1836-1909], ed., Church Leaders in Primitive Times. Lectures on Their Words and Works. Delivered in Norwich…

Apostolic Fathers | Clement of Rome | Ignatius | Polycarp

Henry Scott Holland on The Apostolic Fathers

This little book provides an introduction to the bakground and writings of the Apostolic Fathers: Clement of Rome, Ignatius, Polycarp, Hermas’ Shepherd and the Epistle of Barnabas. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of public domain title available for digitisation. Henry Scott Holland [1847-1918], The Apostolic Fathers. The Fathers for English Readers….

Ambrose of Milan | Apostolic Fathers | Augustine of Hippo | Church Fathers | Clement of Alexandria | Clement of Rome | Cyril of Jerusalem | Eusebius of Caesarea | Gregory Nazianzus | Gregory of Nyssa | Ignatius | Irenaeus of Lyons | Jerome | Justin Martyr | Origen

Introduction to Patristic Study by Henry Barclay Swete

In 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…

Arianism | Arius | Baptism | Church Fathers | Church History | Constantine | Gnosticism | Gregory Thaumaturgos | Ignatius | Justin Martyr | Montanism | Nicaea | Origen | Persecution | Tertullian

Backhouse & Tylor’s Early Church History to the Time of Constantine

Early Church History to the Death of Constantine was Edward Backhouse’s final work and was completed posthumously by Charles Tylor. Backhouse intended to write church history from the perspective of The Society of Friends (Quakers). His desire, perhaps not fully allowed to himself, was to find out with what early early teachers stigmatised as heretics…