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Monday 13th May 2013
Links to Greek texts (and translations where found) have been uploaded for: Severian of Gabala, Theophilus of Alexandria, Historia Monachorum, Philostorgius, Atticus, Proclus, Flavian, Mark the Hermit and Diadochus. These are all from Migne PG Vol. LXV.
A new version of the introductory video for the site has been uploaded. This reflects the recent new features on the site.
Last week the subscription handling software for the site needed to be upgraded as the old version was no longer compatible following an upgrade at the server by the webhost. Users will notice a different log-in screen. One drawback is that people can no longer enrol on-line as "guest users" for the site's newsletter updates. People will have to email the webmaster to request this. Subscribers are automatically enrolled, but can choose to opt out if they wish.
Monday 22nd April 2013
A new text has been uploaded to the website: Pseudo-Macarius, Homily 18 on Christian perfection.
Links to the Greek text and a translation of the version found in Migne PG of Mark the Deacon's Life of Porphyry of Gaza have been uploaded to the website.
Monday 15th April 2013
Links to the Greek text and a translation of the version found in Migne PG of the "Apophthegmata Patrum" have been uploaded to the Early Church Texts website. These "sayings" are a rich source of information on the wisdom and history of the desert fathers and mothers of the fourth and fifth centuries.
6th April 2013
Links to work in Migne PG volumes 18, 78 and 79 have been added, along with links to translations where they have been found. Alexander of Alexandria, Alexander of Lycopolis, Eustathius of Antioch, Isidore of Pelusium, Marcellus of Ancyra, Methodius of Olympus, Nilus of Ancyra, Peter (I) of Alexandria, Titus of Bostra, Theodore of Heraclea, Zosimas Abbas. This update applies only to the subscription version of the website.
Monday 25th March 2013
Links to complete Greek texts and translations (from or attributed to the first five centuries) in The Philokalia have been uploaded to the Early Church Texts website. It is possible to view the Greek text and translation alongside each other. The links are to texts on external websites. There are writings by or attributed to Antony, Diadochus of Photiki, Evagrius, Hesychius, Isaiah the Solitary, John Cassian, Mark the Ascetic, Neilus the Ascetic and Theognostus. The Philokalia is a collection of texts by spiritual masters of the Eastern Church. These carefully prepared links are available only to subscribers to the website.
Friday 15th March 2013
A new text has been uploaded to the website: Synesius, Letter 105 to his brother, in which he expresses his doubts and anxieties about his appointment as bishop of Ptolemais, around the year 410.
Tuesday 26th February 2013
Links to complete texts and translations for Evagrius of Pontus and Isaiah the Solitary have been uploaded to the subscription version of the website.
Sunday 17th February 2013
A number of new links to complete texts and translations have been uploaded to the subscription version of the Early Church Texts website. These are mainly from or linked with volume 40 of Patrologiae Graecae Cursus Completus (Egyptian Fathers). The authors concerned are:- Philo of Carpasius, Asterius of Amasea, Nemesius of Emesa, Hieronymus Theologus Graecus, Orsiesius Abbas Tabennensis, Serapion Thmuitanus Episcopus, Pachomius Tabennensis Abbas, Antony of Egypt.
Tuesday 12th February 2013
Links to complete Greek texts and translations of the works of Palladius have been uploaded to the website.
Tuesday 5th February 2013
Links to complete Greek texts and translations of the works of Macarius of Egypt in Migne (many now referred to as the works of Pseudo-Macarius) have been uploaded to the website.
Monday 28th January 2013
A new text has been uploaded to the website: Synesius, Hymn 6 to Christ. Also links to offsite Greek texts for Synesius and Arsesnius have been added. For Synesius there also links to English translations.
Monday 21st January 2013
Links to original language texts of Theodore of Mopsuestia (Latin translations and Greek fragments) have been added to the site, together with links to some translations.
Tuesday 8th January 2013
Links have been added on the menu system to the three volumes of the Loeb editions (1913 and 1923) of the works of the Emperor Julian.
Monday 7th January 2013
Further work has been done on the facility for seeing complete original language texts and translations alongside each other. The facility is now well integrated into the site and the menu system. Where English translations have been found it is now possible to view in this way most of the Greek Christian writings of the first five centuries and many of the Latin writers including Ambrose (added today), Augustine, Commodian, Cyprian, Jerome, Leo, Minucius Felix, Novatian and Tertullian. Links to the Greek texts in Migne for Didymus the Blind (no translations found) were also uploaded today. The Greek writers in Migne PG volumes 1 - 84 for whom links to the original language texts still need to be uploaded are:- Methodius, Alexander Lycopolitanus, Petrus Alexandrinus, Alexander Alexandrinus, Eustathius Antiochenus, Titus Bostrensis, Marcellus Ancyranus, Petrus II Alexandrinus, Timotheus Alexandrinus, Apollinarius Laodicenus, Isaac ex Judæo Christianus, Diodorus Tarsensis, Macarius (of Egypt and Alexandria), Amphilochius Iconiensis, Nectarius Constantinopolitanus, Philo Carpasius Episcopus, Asterius Amasenus, Nemesius Episcopus, Hieronymus Theologus Græcus, Orsiesius, Serapion Thmuitanus,Pachomius Tabennensis, Antonius Magnus, Theodorus Abbas, Isaias Abbas, Evagrius Ponticus, Severianus Gabalitanus, Theophilus Alexandrinus, Palladius Helenopolitanus, Apophthegmata Patrum, Philostorgius, Atticus Constantinopolitanus, Proclus Constantinopolitanus, Flavianus Constantinopolitanus, Marcus Eremita, Marcus Diadochus, et Marcus Diaconus, Theodorus Mopsuestenus, Synesius Episcopus Ptolemaidis, Arsenius Eremita, Isidorus Pelusiota, Nilus Abbas. Otherwise links to the texts all Greek writers in PG 1 - 84 have been added to the site.
Thursday 12th December
It should now be possible to see alongside each other complete Latin texts and available online translations of the works of Augustine. Links are in place on the menu system.
Monday 10th December 2012
1. Links to complete Greek texts and translations of the works of Cyril of Jerusalem have been uploaded.
2. A trial facility has been uploaded for seeing complete original language texts and translations alongside each other. This applies to the works of Basil, Epiphanius, Socrates and Sozomen. Look under the texts section of the side vertical menus for these authors.
Thursday 6th December 2012
Links to the complete Greek text and a translation of the Historia Ecclesiastica of both Socrates and Sozomen have been uploaded (subscription site only).
Monday 3rd December 2012
1. A new text has been uploaded: Ambrose's Letter 20 about the events of Holy Week 385 or 6 and the attempt of Valentinian II to seize a basilica in Milan for Arian Christians.
2. Further links have been added (subscription version of site only) to texts (in Migne) and translations offsite: Gregory of Nyssa and Theodoret.
Monday 19th November 2012
1. Cyprian's Epistle 63 to Caecilius has been uploaded (extracts) in which Cyprian writes about the importance of both wine and water being used in the Eucharistic cup.
2. Further links have been added (subscription version of site only) to texts and translations offsite: Greek texts of Cyril of Alexandria in Migne and also several online translations of Cyril; Greek texts of Gregory Nazianzen in Migne. Links have also been added to other minor writers in the associated Migne volumes: Acacius of Beroea, Acacius of Melitene, Amphilochius of Sida, Caesarius, Firmus of Caesarea (Cappadocia), John of Antioch, Memnon of Ephesus, Paul of Emesa, Rabbula(s) of Edessa, Theodotus of Ancyra.
Tuesday 6th November 2012
Links have been added to the menu system to Greek texts (including all those contained in Migne's Patrologiae Cursus Completus, Series Graeca) and available online translations of the works of Epiphanius of Salamis. Detailed links (Greek text and translation) have been to each of the 80 "heresies" in the Panarion (Adversus Haereses).
Monday 29th October 2012
1. A new text has been uploaded: Eusebius of Caesarea,
Historia Ecclesiastica, 5.28 about the Two Theodoti and their adoptionist
2. Links have been added to the menus system for all the works of Jerome in Migne's Patrologiae Cursus Completus, Series Prima. Also links have been added to several English translations of the works of Jerome.
Tuesday 9th October 2012
1. Links have been added to the complete texts of Athanasius contained in Migne
PG volumes 25 - 28.
2. Links have been added to several Irenaeus related books (studies and translations) on the Amazon website.
3. Links have been added to the menu system to the index pages in the Mansi "Sacrorum Conciliorum Nova et Amplissima Collectio" volumes. See under the "Councils" sections of the top "centuries" menus. There are also links to pages in the relevant volumes so that, by using the index pages, it should be possible easily to navigate to texts related to particular Councils.
Monday 1st October 2012
Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, 4. 31 has been uploaded, in which Ireneaus writes about the Eucharist.
Tuesday 11th September 2012
Work has been done over the last fortnight on links to an extensive range of complete original language texts of the works by or attributed to John Chrysostom. This has now been uploaded to the website.
Monday 20th August 2012
Section 30 of Jerome's Letter 22 to Eustochium has been uploaded in which Jerome describes how he struggled over whether he was a follower of Cicero or Christ.
Monday 30th July 2012
Links through the menu system to the works of all Greek and Latin authors in Migne, Patrologiae Cursus Completus, have been completed for the first two centuries. There are also links to online English translations where they have been found. Work will now continue on adding similar entries for authors from the third to fifth centuries. Today such links have been completed and uploaded for Eusebius of Caesarea.
Tuesday 23rd July 2012
Chapters 10 - 11 of Book V of Eusebius, Historia Ecclesiastica have been uploaded the website. In these chapters Eusebius talks about Pantaenus.
Direct links to the complete Migne original language works (at Google Books) for 1st, 2nd and early 3rd century authors with names beginning A-P have now been added to the menu system (subscription version of site only), along with links to online English translations where they have been found.
Thursday 13th July 2012
Jerome's Letter 45 to Asella has been uploaded to the website in which he describes his departure from Rome in the year 385 under a cloud of some unpopularity.
Direct links to the complete Migne original language works (at Google Books) for 1st, 2nd and early 3rd century authors with names beginning A-H have been added to the menu system (subscription version of site only), along with links to online English translations where they have been found.
Wednesday 20th June 2012
Monday 11th June 2012
The Edict of Marcian and Valentinian III (452) confirming the doctrinal decisions of the Council of Chalcedon has been uploaded to the website.
Wednesday 30th May 2012
Direct links to the work listed under Origen in Migne (at Google Books) have been added.
It was noted that access to Greek works at "Hodoi Elektronikai" has been blocked.
Monday 21st May 2012
The Letter of the Council of Chalcedon to Leo has been uploaded to the website. The Council communicates to Leo its deliberations about Christology, its decisions about Eutyches and also (controversially for Leo) its decision about the status of the See of Constantinople.
Links have also been added through the menu system to the works of Leo available in Latin in Migne (with links to the individual works at Google Books) and elsewhere, and to public domain translations of the works of Leo. Over the next few weeks links in a similar style will be added for all Greek and Latin writers of the first two centuries, and then, in due course, for the the first five centuries.
Thursday 25th April 2012
Flavian's Appeal to Leo following the Robber Council of 449 has been uploaded to the website. This text (in Latin because the original has not survived) has been taking from T.A. Lacey’s book Appellatio Flaviani (SPCK, 1903). Pretty much the complete text of the book has also been uploaded giving background information about the Robber Council, an introduction to and commentary on (along with the texts and translations of) the “Appeals” of Flavian and Eusebius of Dorylaeum, and also a chapter on Chalcedon.
Monday 9th April 2012
Gregory of Nazianzus' First Easter Oration has been uploaded to the website.
Thursday 29th March 2012
1. Various excerpts from Origen's Contra Celsum have been uploaded, giving a flavour of some of the objections that were made against Christianity.
2. The menu system links (subscription version of site)
to original language texts and translations of Origen's works (on external
sites) have been updated and extended.
3. Links (subscription version of site) have been added to the menu system to complete original language texts and translations of Justin's works on external websites.
4. Links (subscription version of site) have been added to the menu system (under left hand vertical menu M/MF-MZ/Migne Patrologia) to resources on external sites giving details of the contents of each volume of the Migne Greek and Latin series and also links to complete scanned volumes (all 161 Greek and 221 Latin) at Google Books and archive.org.
5. A "Paganism and Christianity" section has been added to the "Themes" menu which gives links to relevant texts on the Early Church Texts website.
Monday 12th March 2012
Chapters XXXI - XXXIV (Koetschau edition) of Origen's De Oratione (On Prayer) have been uploaded to the site.
Links have also been added to the menu system to several complete original language texts and translations of Origen's works.
23rd February 2012
Additional links have been added to the menu system entries for links to translations and original language works for Clement of Alexandria.
17th February 2012
A passage from John Cassian has been uploaded - Institutes, 10.1-2 about the Spirit of Accidie. A number of additional links have been added to the menu system entries (subscription version of site only) for John Cassian, including detailed links to translations of his works.
Additional links have also been added to the menu system entries (subscription version of site only) for:-
information on Pseudo-Dionysius and Pseudo-Macarius
links to translations and original language works for Tatian and Theophilus.
12th February 2012
Extracts from the Council of Constantinople (448) at which Eutyches was condemned have been uploaded to the website.
24th January 2012
A further update has been made to the menu system software which finally seems to make the system work well on ipad. Thanks to Milonic Menus!
16th January 2012
- Tertullian's Ad Uxorem, the whole of book 1, has been uploaded to the site. Tertullian urges his wife not to remarry in the event of his death.
- The software underlying the menu system has been updated (with files given by the developers) in the hope of improving ipad compatibility.
10th January 2012
I noticed that the links to the texts of the Apostolic Fathers no longer seem to be working at Rick Brannan's website. This is a pity and I am not sure if it is permanent. It was a very useful facility. I have updated all the indexed Apostolic Fathers complete text links at Early Church Texts so that they now point to scanned versions of the Kirsopp Lake version at archive.org.
Saturday 31st December 2011
Early Church Texts is now on Facebook. There is a link from the subscription site homepage and the "original language only" homepage.
Links to English language translations for the works in ANF vol. 6 have been added to the menu system: Gregory Thaumaturgus; Dionysius the Great; Julius Africanus; Anatolius and Minor Writers; Methodius; Arnobius.
Thursday 22nd December 2011
Menu system links have been added (subscription version of site only) to public domain Greek texts and English translations of the works of Athanasius available online.
The menu system links (subscription version of site only) to Documenta Catholica Omnia have been updated as links including "www" in the address were no longer working.
Monday 19th December 2011
Athanasius' Oratio III Contra Arianos (chapters 29 - 34) has been uploaded to the website. The chapters are about the Word made flesh and the two natures of Christ.
Monday 5th December 2011 (affecting only the subscription version of the site)
1. Some issues affecting the site search engine have been addressed. (Cached searches were being retained and so sometimes yielding results for pages that have been moved or superseded.)
2. Further progress has been made on menu system links to offsite Greek texts and translations. There is now a fairly extensive set of links for Basil, Gregory Nazianzen and John Chrysostom. Similar links for other authors will be added over the next few months.
3. Outdated links to information about Loeb volumes on the Harvard University Press website have been updated.
Monday 28th November 2011
Basil's Letter 2 to Gregory of Nazianzus has been uploaded. It describes the ascetic life of the community at Annesos.
Tuesday 1st November 2011
Selections from Basil's Regulae Fusius Tractatae (7) have been uploaded - about the importance of the ascetic life being lived in community. Note too that links to Greek texts and English translations of the works of John Chrysostom and Basil available online have now been added to the menu system. Over the next few months this facility will be extended to other writers (first the other two Cappadocian Fathers).
Monday 17th October 2011
The complete text of John Chrysostom's Homily XXI On The Statues has been uploaded - Flavian before Theodosius, pleading for the people of Antioch.
Monday 10th October 2011
The menu system for navigating "English translations only pages" has been removed along with the associated homepage. Of course the "Original Language Only" version of the site (with associated menu system for texts only) remains and also the Subscription Version of the site with both original language and translation, and the much enhanced menu system with a wealth of links to background materials.
Monday 3rd October 2011
Selections from John Chrysostom's Homily XVII On The Statues has been uploaded - describing the intervention of the monks.
Monday 19th September 2011
The opening sections of John Chrysostom's Homily XIII On The Statues has been uploaded - describing the tribunal set up in Antioch by Theodosius.
Monday 12th September 2011
Links to John Chrysostom related books at Amazon uploaded (on Chrysostom pages and menu system).
Thursday 8th September 2011
Selections from Siricius's Decretal to Himerius have been uploaded.
A menu system has also been added to an "English Translations only" section of the website, to make navigation of these translations easier.
Monday 22nd August 2011
Jerome's Letter 15 to Pope Damasus has been uploaded to the website. Jerome seeks confirmation from Damasus that it is not right to speak of "three hypostases" in the Godhead.
Monday 1st August 2011
Chapters 1 - 2 and 15 - 17 of Aristides' Apology have been uploaded to the website.
Tuesday 19th July 2011
The complete Greek text and translation of Basil’s Address To Young Men On The Right Use Of Greek Literature has been uploaded to the website.
Wednesday 6th July 2011
Links added to Basil related books at Amazon.
Tuesday 5th July 2011
Basil the Great, Letter 159 to Eupaterius and his daughter has been uploaded. Basil affirms the divinity of the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday 28th June 2011
Eusebius of Caesarea on the Quartodeciman Controversy has been uploaded. In Historia Ecclesiastica, 5. 23 - 25, Eusebius writes about the debate concerning the date for the celebration of Easter.
Monday 13th June 2011
Rufinus' Latin translation of the Preface to Origen's De Principiis has been uploaded. Origen sets out what he sees as the "Rule of Faith" and the areas where speculation and investigation are permissible.
Sunday 12th June 2011
From today the English translations of texts alongside the original Greek and Latin will be available only on the subscription version of the site.
Monday 30th May 2011
Eusebius of Caesarea, Historia Ecclesiastica, book 6. chapters 2-3 has been uploaded to the website. Greek text with English translation - about the early years of Origen.
Tuesday 17th May 2011
The Canons of the Council of Gangra (mid 4th century) have been uploaded to the website. Greek and Latin texts are given with the NPNF English translation. There are also the notes from NPNF and Hefele.
Tuesday 3rd May 2011
The changeover to the subscription version of the website has been implemented. The publicly available version of the site now simply has the original language texts (still with dictionary lookup links) and translations. The introductory notes, extensive background information links, search engine etc. are now only available through the subscription version of the site. The printable versions of the texts are available to all annual subscribers. Three day trial subscriptions for individuals are available which give access to just one of the three sections of printable texts (Creeds and Councils, Greek Writers, Latin Writers). The $5 cost of the trial subscription can later (within a specified period) be deducted from the cost of the $30 annual subscription for individuals. There are also subscription options for institutions. See the website homepage links to further details.
Thursday 28th April 2011
Cyril of Alexandria's Letter 39 to John of Antioch (from the year 433) has been uploaded to the website. It describes the uneasy reconciliation that had been achieved between Alexandrian and Antiochene approaches to Christology.
Remember too that the current version of the website
becomes subscription based from 2nd May. If you wish to take advantage of the
special "advance" offer which gives almost an additional three months
subscription to the site (until 31st July 2012) then you will need to visit
by the end of 30th April.
The $30 dollar subscription for individuals will ensure continuing access to all the features of the current site and also includes access to all the printable versions of the texts.
Saturday 16th April 2011
Irenaeus on Humanity and the Image and Likeness of God. Some relevant extracts from Adversus Haereses have been uploaded.
Thursday 7th April 2011
The problem with entering unicode Greek text into the search box on the original language text pages should now be resolved.
Monday 28th March 2011
Lucian, The Passing of Peregrinus. Chapters 11-14 have been uploaded in which Lucian tells of how Peregrinus "duped" some 2nd century Christians.
Saturday 19th March 2011
The subscription options for the site have been updated in preparation for the main part of the website becoming subscription based on 2nd May 2011. Information can be found through links on the site homepage and on the menu system (under "Home etc."). From 2nd May the original language texts with dictionary links and translations will still be publicly available, but without the enhancements such as the introduction to each text, textual notes, extensive external links on the menu system, context sensitive menus on each text page, and the site search engine. Access to printable versions of texts will be included in the new subscription which will also include the enhancements referred to. It is possible to purchase a subscription in advance of the changeover date. The cost of an annual individual subscription will be $30 per annum. There are also options for institutions.
Friday 18th March 2011
Some issues have been addressed affecting Internet Explorer and the page "Meletius of Lycopolis - Codex Veronensis LX".
Tuesday 15th March 2011
Ambrose, Letter 40 to Theodosius has been uploaded in which Ambrose urges the Emperor to reconsider his decision to require the Christians of Callinicum use church funds to rebuild a synagogue burnt by Christians.
Wednesday 2nd March 2011
A new trial system for the site's menu system has been uploaded (with help from Milonic Solutions). The menu data set is identical, but the underlying menu control system is new and should hopefully improve the reliability and compatibility of the menu system for the future. Please let the webmaster know if you experience any issues with the new system.
Monday 14th February 2011
The second letter of Cyril of Alexandria to Nestorius has been uploaded, in which Cyril expresses his concerns about aspects of Nestorius' Christology and emphasises the personal (hypostatic) union of the human and divine in Christ.
Monday 31st January 2011
An extract from Athanasius has been uploaded - Epistola ad Serpionem, 1.1. on the beginnings of heresy about the Holy Spirit.
Monday 24th January 2011
An issue was addressed with the email facility linked with the site's subscription software. Possibly this facility has not been working correctly for some time.
Friday 21st January 2011
A significant upgrade has been made to the menu system. There is now a far more extensive set of links to information about the councils of the third, fourth and fifth centuries. These can be found indexed alphabetically under C/Councils on the vertical menu at the left of the screen, and indexed chronologically under 4th Cent/Councils etc. on the horizontal menu at the top of the screen. Hefele's work on the History of the Christian Councils has been used quite extensively for this purpose and also the helpful information found on the website www.fourthcentury.com. Unfortunately this website is down at the time of uploading the earlychurchtexts.com upgrade. Hopefully fourthcentury.com should be up and running again soon.
Monday 20th December 2010
A section of Augustine's De Haeresibus, chapter 88 has been uploaded. Augustine describes and assesses Pelagianism.
Tuesday 7th December 2010
The Latin text and translation of the Epiphany section of the Pilgrimage of Egeria has now been uploaded (chapter 25).
Tuesday 30th November 2010
The occasional "lingering" of some menus and tooltips on the screen has been a concern. As a partial way of addressing this the "information tooltips" have been removed from the individual context sensitive menus on particular pages. This is a pity in some ways, but hopefully helps with something that can be a little bothersome. Information tooltips remain on the main vertical and horizontal menus at the top and side of the screen.
Friday 26th November 2010
The right hand scroll bar and up and down arrow issues with Chrome and Safari should now have been addressed for all pages.
A text by Augustine on Nature and Grace has been added - De Natura et Gratia, 3-6.
Sunday 14th November 2010
Canons of the Council of Carthage (417 or 418) on sin and grace - directed against Pelagius and Celestius.
Tuesday 9th November 2010
The Milonic Menu system version was updated to 5.831.
Monday 8th November 2010
Exploration continued into browser compatibility -
extended to Safari 5 as well as Chrome 7.
All seems to work pretty well in Safari and Chrome - though there are some issues with menu items "lingering" on the screen.
One issue is that the right hand scroll bar and up and down arrows do not work with these browsers on the main text pages. The wheel mouse or "Page Up" and "Page Down" must be used.
In Safari the initial print settings make the subscription based text pages print out rather small. This can be rectified by pressing the "Alt" key to display menu items at the top. Go to File and then Page Setup or Print Preview. Page size and margin settings can be changed here. On the Print Preview page click on the "cog wheel" icon to change the page size and margin settings.
In Chrome the "Spanner" icon does not come up in subwindows, so, for example, there is no readily availability print option. You can Right click in the very top bar of the browser subwindows to see options including "print" - or press "Ctrl P" to get the print menu.
Saturday 6th November 2010
Checked the site out with Google Chrome as several
visitors now use this. Various issues spotted.
2. The page specific menus towards the top of the text pages do not appear correctly (i.e. some omitted). This must be checked out.
3. The right hand scrollbar and scroll down arrow do not work (must use mouse wheel or page down to scroll down). This must be checked out.
4. The Wace Dictionary of Biography pages do not display.
(All of these are fine in Firefox and Internet Explorer - the joys of achieving cross browser compatibility!)
Later Saturday! - Most Chrome issues now addressed, though one or two of the Wace files may need updating and the right hand scrollbar and down/up arrows still do not work - mouse wheel and scroll down still need to be used.
Also spotted that the Perseus lookup links were broken in the Shepherd of Hermas files. This has been rectified.
Monday 1st November 2010
Wikipedia links completed for menu entries up to the end of "CO".
Saturday 30th October 2010
Augustine describes Pelagius' views on Original Sin in De Peccato Originali, 13.
Monday 11th October 2010
Pelagius, Letter to Demetrias, chapter 16 (dating from the year 414). In this letter Pelagius sets out his understanding of the interaction of human effort and divine help. Also completed adding "Wikipedia" links for the "B" entries on the menu system.
Thursday 30th September 2010
Completed adding "Wikipedia" links for "A" entries on the menu system.
Tuesday 28th September 2010
Ambrose's Letters 17 and 18 to Valentian II in response to Symmachus' Plea for the restoration of The Altar of Victory to the Roman Senate House (dating from the year 384).
Monday 13th September 2010
The Plea of Symmachus to Valentinian II for the restoration of the Altar of Victory in the Roman Senate. Given in Migne alongside Ambrose, Letter 17.
Tuesday 24th August 2010
A video guide (in testing for a while!) has been added. This should be a helpful resources for new visitors to the site so that they can find their way around. See under the Home etc. menu at the top left of the screen on most pages and the "Menu system video guide" link there.
Monday 23rd August 2010
A passage from Augustine's Confessions (9. 7. 15), about hymn singing in Milan under the episcopacy of Ambrose, and the discovery of the relics of the martyrs Gervasius and Protasius.
Monday 16th August 2010
Socrates on the murder of the philosopher Hypatia. Historia Ecclesiastica, 7, 15.
Monday 9th August 2010
Nestorius' Reply to the Second Letter of Cyril of Alexandria. Should Mary have the title of Theotokos? (God-bearer/Mother of God).
NPNF notes also added to the text for Theodoret, Letter to Domnus, on the death of Cyril of Alexandria. For some reason these had not been included previously.
Saturday 30th July 2010
Evagrius of Pontus "Eight Logismoi" (thoughts) from the Praktikos have been uploaded. There are also links to books about Evagrius available at Amazon. Over the next few weeks links will be added to books available at Amazon relevant to other authors and subjects.
Tuesday 20th July 2010
Work on the complete version of the Shepherd of Hermas is now complete. The whole of the work (Greek Text in the version from Kirsopp Lake edition and ANF translation) is now available under the "Apostolic Fathers" link, with dictionary/morphology links, and also with printable files available through a subscription to "Greek Writers".
Friday 16th July 2010
The "Commandments" section of the complete version of the Shepherd of Hermas (under "Apostolic Fathers" link) now also has dictionary/morphology links and printable files ("Greek Writers" subscription based).
Thursday 15th July 2010
Significant updates have been made to the complete version of the Shepherd of Hermas (under "Apostolic Fathers" link). The "Visions" section now has dictionary/morphology links associated with Greek words. The "Visions" section also now has printable files ("Greek Writers" subscription based). These developments will be extended to the whole of the Shepherd of Hermas over the next week or two.
Wednesday 14th July 2010
Arius' letter to Alexander (Epiphanius version) has now been uploaded.
A significant upgrade has been completed to the site's "search facility". It is now possible to do searches using unicode Greek text either "complete with accents, breathings etc.", or "without any such markings at all" (so making searches with Greek text easier for those who are unfamiliar with the complexities of Greek accents etc.). See the "Search Help" / "Search Facility" note for more information. The facility for entering search terms in "Greek to English" transliterated text remains unaltered.
Sunday 11th July 2010
Arius' letter to Alexander of Alexandria as found in Athanasius, De Synodis, 16. The version as found in Epiphanius will be uploaded soon.
Monday 5th July 2010
Work on the Gregory of Nyssa text "Contra Usurarios" is now complete and the printable version and Migne notes have been uploaded.
Friday 2nd July 2010
Work has been progressing on extracts from Gregory of Nyssa's Sermon "Contra Usurarios". The Greek text and a new translation prepared by the Early Church Texts Webmaster have been uploaded. The printable version of the text and the Migne notes will be added within the next few days.
Friday 25th June
Eusebius, Historia Ecclesiastica, 5. 5. Rain from heaven in answer to Christian prayers - evidence of Christians in the Roman army in the mid 2nd century. An additional entry has also been added to the menu system under "Themes"- The Military and War. This should give easy access to the texts recently added relating to this theme.
Tuesday 22nd June 2010
Some changes have been made to the way in which the website deals with the "popup windows" for links, Apostolic Fathers, morphology etc. The underlying code has been changed so that, hopefully, the size of popup windows will be optimised according to the display settings/monitor being used.
Friday 18th June 2010
Shepherd of Hermas complete Greek text now checked and updated up to the end of Parables, 5.
Wednesday 16th June 2010
John Chrysostom on the rich and the poor - an extract from Homily 34 on 1 Corinthians 13: 8. The rich have more need of the poor than the poor have of the rich.
Monday 14th June 2010
Codex Theodosianus - a selection of the edicts relating to Christianity and the Church from this corpus of Roman Law from the fourth and fifth century.
Sunday 6th June 2010
A significant upgrade to the site search facility. It is now possible to use unicode Greek characters with the search facility (as well as the existing "transliterated to English" Greek characters) for searching in the texts on the website.
Saturday 5th June 2010
All the "Visions" and "Commandments" of the complete text of the Shepherd of Hermas (In the Apostolic Fathers section of the website) have now been checked and updated.
Friday 4th June 2010
Augustine Letter 93, to Vincentius. In this letter Augustine seeks to justify the use of "coercive" measures against Donatist Christians in order to bring them into the fold of the Catholic Church.
Friday 28th May 2010
Basil Homily on Psalm 15 (Septuagint 14) against usury.
Monday 24th May 2010
The Canons of Elvira - all 81 canons of the Council held in the first decade of the fourth century - in Latin and with Hefele notes.
The "visions" section of the Shepherd of Hermas has also been checked for errors and updated.
Thursday 13th May 2010
Augustine Letter 189 to Boniface - Should a Christian serve in the military? Augustine says "yes".
Friday 7th May 2010
Tertullian on how Christians should now wear crowns or serve in the Roman Army: De Corona, chapters 1, 11 and 12.
(The issue about some links to some subwindows resulting in a "page not found" message before going to the required page has also been addressed.)
Saturday 1st May 2010
Augustine on War. Chapters 69 - 76 from Book 22 of Contra Faustum Manichaeum have been uploaded. This is a significant passage in Augustine's teaching about the "just war".
Tuesday 27th April 2010
Passages from Socrates and Sozomen's Historia Ecclesiastica (1. 26 and 2. 27 respectively) have been uploaded. These both give Arius' Confession of Faith to the Emperor Constantine when reconciliation was being sought in the late 320's or mid 330's.
Friday 9th April 2010
Work on the Easter section of The Pilgtrimage of Egeria is now complete and the notes and local Perseus morphology pages have now been uploaded.
Saturday 3rd April 2010
The complete Latin text and translation of the Holy Week and Easter section of the Pilgrimage of Egeria has now been uploaded (chapters 29 - 40). Notes and the local Perseus morphology pages will be uploaded over the next few days.
Wednesday 31st March 2010
During Holy Week and over the Easter period it is planned to upload the sections of the Pilgrimage of Egeria describing the Holy Week and Easter observances in Jerusalem around the end of the fourth century. It is anticipated that further extracts will be added every day or two until the whole of chapters 29 - 40 are there. Notes will be added later.
Monday 29th March 2010
Augustine on the Cross. Book 14 of Contra Faustum Manichaeum have been uploaded in which Augustine opposes Faustus' views about the verse from Deuteronomy "Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree".
Friday 19th March 2010
Arius, the Thalia of, as found in Athanasius, Adversus Arianos Oratio Prima, 1. 5 and De Synodis, 15
Tuesday 2nd March 2010
Athanasius, The Life of Antony. Chapters 5 - 10 and 89 - 94 of Athanasius' account of the life of the famous desert hermit have been uploaded. There are links to the complete Greek text and an English translation.
Wednesday 3rd February 2010
The updating of the Perseus morphological links to Perseus 4.0 is now virtually complete. It will be fully completed by Thursday 4th February. Following that there are unlikely to be any further updates to the site until early March.
Saturday 30th January 2010
Meletius of Lycopolis - Codex Veronensis LX. Letter of
Four Egyptian Bishops, A note about the Meletian Schism, Letter of Peter of
Alexandria to his flock. From Routh, Reliquiae Sacrae. The beginning
of the schism over Meletius' ordinations.
Monday 18th January 2010
Dionysius of Alexandria, Defence of his Theology. Greek text from Athanasius, De Sententia Dionysii, 14 - 18. (The menu links to R. G. Grant's Church History Timelines were also updated as the GeoCities link was out of date.)
Friday 16th January 2010
Dionysius of Rome, Letter Against The Sabellians. Greek text from a fragment as given in Migne PL vol. 5. (from Athanasius De Decretis Nicaenae Synodi, ch. 26).
Saturday 2nd January 2010
John Chrysostom - Homily VI on Matthew 2: 1-2, about the Magi, the star and Herod.
Wednesday 23rd December 2009
Leo - Sermon on the Festival of The Nativity VIII, (Sermon XXVIII). An encouragement to rejoice in the Festival, affirming the two natures of Christ and warning the faithful to be wary of all "heresies" which deny that twofold nature.
Thursday 10th December 2009
A text has been added about Papias - Eusebius of Caesarea, Historia Ecclesiastica, 3. 39. There are also links to fragments of Papias and references to him in other writings.
Wednesday 2nd December 2009
Salvian, De Gubernatione Dei, (Extracts - 3. 9; 4. 12-14; 5. 4). Salvian reflects on why the Christian God had not protected the Roman empire from "barbarian" invasions.
Wednesday 25th November 2009
Socrates Historia Ecclesiastica, 1.6. 4 ff. The letter of Alexander and his clergy (c. 319) about the controversy surrounding Arius has been added.
Wednesday 18th November 2009
Dio Cassius, Historia Romana, 67. 14 has been added on persecution under Domitian.
Tuesday 10th November 2009
Two texts about Quadratus and Aristides (2nd century Apologists) have been added: from Eusebius, Historia Ecclesiastica, 4. 3, and Jerome, De Viris Illustribus, 19 - 20.
Friday 29th October 2009
Canons 7 and 8 of the Council of Ephesus (431) have been added together with associated notes. This means that the Canons of the first four Ecumenical Councils are now all on the site together with associated notes from Bright, Canons of the First Four General Councils (Oxford, 1892), and the Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers. There is also a link on every "Canons" text page to the Canons of the other Ecumenical Councils.
Thursday 28th October 2009
An update to the Canon of Nicaea (325) text. All the relevant background notes from Bright, Canons of the First Four General Councils (Oxford, 1892) have been added.
Wednesday 21st October 2009
The Fourth Creed of Sirmium (The "Dated" of the year 359) has been added to the site. The Greek text is from Athanasius, De Synodis, 8, and Socrates, Historia Ecclesiastica, 2, 37. This creed, with strong backing from the Emperor Constantius, affirmed that the Son is "like" the Father and prohibited the use of terms that included "ousia". A link to the text of the "Homoian" creed of Constantinople agreed in January 360 is also included.
Monday 12th October 2009
An extract from Sulpicius Severus, Vita Martini, has been added to the site: chapter 10 describing Martin of Tours' monastery at Marmoutier.
Monday 5th October 2009
Augustine's Sermon 272 has been added to the site, in which Augustine reflects on the nature of the sacrament of The Eucharist.
Friday 24th September 2009
The 2nd creed of Sirmium (357) has been added. This creed was something of a triumph for Arianism - stating that the Father is greater than the Son and that terms like "substance" and "ousia" should not be used because they are unscriptural. The Latin version found in Hilary, De Synodis is given along with the Greek translations in Athanasius, De Synodis and Socrates, Historia Ecclesiastica.
Saturday 12th September 2009
A selection of extracts from The Shepherd of Hermas has been added together with a link to the complete Greek text and translation integrated into the Apostolic Fathers section.
Monday 31st August 2009
A new text has been uploaded: Basil on God's Essence and God's Attributes - Letter 234 to Amphilochius.
Thursday 20th August 2009
The 30 Canons of the Council of Chalcedon (451) have
been uploaded. The full Greek text (and Latin) of the Canons is there, together with all the
notes from William Bright's Canons of the First Four General Councils
(scanned from the book), and the NPNF notes.
The work on incorporating links (within the menu system) to the texts of Christian Greek and Latin writers available at www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu has now also been completed for the fifth century as well as the first to fourth.
Sunday 16th August 2009
Tertullian on the "Rule of Faith" from Liber de Praescriptionibus adversus haereticos, ch. 13.
Tuesday 28th July 2009
Tertullian on the Two Natures of Christ from Adversus
Praxeam, ch. 27.
Monday 20th July 2009
A new text has been added to the website: Novatian De Trinitate, chapter 31. The Latin text from the Fausset 1909 edition with the NPNF translation.
Friday 1st July 2009
The first Creed of Sirmium from the year 351 - notable for its 27 anathemas. Athanasius, De Synodis, 27. Also the Greek text as given in Socrates, Historia Ecclesiastica, and the Latin text from Hilary, De Synodis.
Tuesday 23rd June 2009
Bede's chapter on the Martyrdom of Alban has been uploaded - Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, 1. 7. The first British Christian martyr.
Tuesday 23rd June 2009
Emperor Julian's Rescript (362) on Christian Teachers has been uploaded. Letter 36. The Rescript effectively prevented Christians from teaching Greek and Latin Classical literature.
Thursday 12th June 2009
A new text has been added to the website - Creed of the Long Lines, Ekthesis Macrostichos - 345 - (from Athanasius, De Synodis, 26) - there is also a link to the Greek text from Socrates, Historia Ecclesiastica, 2, 19.
Sunday 31st May 2009
A complete work has been added. The "Passion of Perpetua" describing Perpetua's martyrdom, with other catechumens, in Carthage in 203. The Latin and Greek text are included. The printable version is currently at beta stage, but will be updated shortly.
Saturday 23rd May 2009
A text has been added from Eusebius, Historia Ecclesiastica, 4. 28 - 29 about Tatian, the 2nd century apologist and author of the Oratio ad Graecos and The Diatessaron.
Thursday 14th May 2009
A text has been added from Theodoret, Historia Ecclestiaca, book 2 - the text of the statement of faith from the Western Council of Sardica in 343 - emphasising that there is one divine "hypostasis".
Friday 8th May 2009
A number of updates have been made to the menu system particularly including links to Christian texts and translations (where they have been found to be present) up to the end of the 3rd century at the Documenta Catholica Omnia website. Links to 4th and 5th century texts present there will follow in due course. Links have also been added (to the same site) for links to documents associated with several Church Councils. Links have been added for many councils of the 4th century to www.fourthcentury.com. There is now quite an extensive set of information and textual links for Church Councils, particularly of the 4th century.
Thursday 7th May 2009
A text has been added from Clement of Alexandria, Liber Quis Dives Salvetur, 11 - 17, on the Christian attitude towards riches.
Thursday 30th April 2009
The links (under the 1st Century Menu) to external Greek New Testament texts have all been updated. The links used to be to the excellent www.zhubert.com site, but this has now been taken offline, apparently for copyright reasons. The links now point to the Westcott-Hort version of the Greek New Testament text available on the www.perseus.tufts.edu website. To see the text in Greek set "Configure Display" to "Unicode (UTF-8).
Thursday 30th April 2009
A text has been added from Socrates Historia Ecclesiastica 2.20 in which he describes the acrimonious Council of Sardica (Serdica) in the year 343 at which there was a split between the bishops of the Eastern and Western Church over the status of Athanasius and Marcellus of Ancyra, and also disagreement on various credal issues. The web page also contains links to a number of texts and resources relating to this Council.
Wednesday 22nd April 2009
A text has been added from Palladius Dialogus De Vita S. Joannis Chrysostomi. It is the letter of John Chrysostom to Pope Innocent I appealing for support in face of the hostility of Theophilus of Alexandria and Eudoxia, the wife of the Emperor Arcadius. Chrysostom is in exile from his See of Constantinople for a second time.
Saturday 11th April 2009
A John Chrysostom text (listed as spurious in Migne) has been added. A Paschal (Easter) Sermon.
Friday 10th April 2009
The Canons of the Council of Constantinople (381) have been uploaded. The full Greek text of the Canons is there, together with all the notes from William Bright's Canons of the First Four General Councils (scanned from the book), and the NPNF notes.
Monday 30th March 2009
A text has been added from Rufinus, Commentarius In Symbolum Apostolorum, 14 - 17. The passage is notable for the section in which Rufinus compares the cross to a hook "baited" for the devil.
Wednesday 25th March 2009
A text has been added from Athanasius De Synodis, 22-25. The events surrounding the Council of Antioch in 341 are described and the four creeds associated with the Council are given. The original language texts from Socrates and Hilary which describe the creeds of this Council are also with this text.
Tuesday 17th March 2009
A text has been added from Clement of Alexandria Stromaties 5.12 in which Clement reflects on the mystery and ineffability of God's nature, drawing on both Scripture and Greek philosophy.
Monday 9th March 2009
A text has been added from Sozomen Historia Ecclesiastica, 2.25, in which Sozomen writes about Athanasius and the issues and events surrounding the council of Tyre in 335 when bishops of an Arian persuasion were seeking to have Athanasius removed from the See of Alexandria.
Tuesday 3rd March 2009
A text has been added from Minucius Felix Octavius. Chapters 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12 in which Caecilius argues the case against the "new religion" Christianity.
Monday 23rd February 2009
A text has been added from Sozomen Historia Ecclesiastica, 3.16, in which Sozomen writes about Ephraim the Syrian.
Saturday 21st February 2009
The printing facility has been updated with an additional high quality "graphics file based" system which does not need the download of any additional font for Greek text and which should require no or minimal adjustments to browser settings for successful printing.
Monday 16th February 2009
A text has been added from Sozomen Historia Ecclesiastica, 3.14, in which Sozomen writes about Pachomius and the monks of Egypt.
Wednesday 4th February 2009
A text has been from Tacitus Annals, 15.44, describing the great fire of Rome in the year 64 and persecution of Christians under Nero.
Monday 26th January 2009
A text has been added from Socrates Historia Ecclesiastica, 1.8. This is the letter of Eusebius of Caesarea to his Church about the Creed of Nicaea. The letter is an important witness to the text of the Creed and has given rise to discussion about the role and motives of Eusebius at Nicaea in 325.
Monday 19th January 2009
A text has been added from Sozomen Historia Ecclesiastica, 1.15, in which Sozomen writes about Arius and the start of controversy.
Tuesday 13th January 2009
A significant update to the layout and content of the site homepage was implemented.
Saturday 10th January 2009
A text has been added from Vincent of Lérins, Commonitorium, 2. 4 - 3. 8 and 23. 54 - 58 - on the Catholic Faith and "Heresy". This is the influential passage including the phrase "quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus creditum est".
Friday 9th January 2009
The "Site Search" facility has now been included in all of the main original language text pages on the site.
Tuesday 6th January 2009
A "Site Search" facility has been added which enables users to search for English, Latin or Greek text in both the main pages and the associated notes. Read the "Search Help" page for information about doing Greek searches. In due course it is hoped to add a link to the search facility on all the main pages of the site. Currently it is just on the homepage.
Christmas Eve 2008
A Gregory of Nazianzus text has been added - "On the Theophany, or Birthday of Christ". Oratio, 38 (1 - 4, 13 - 18). A reflection on the nativity of Christ delivered in Constantinople around Christmas 380.
Monday 13th December 2008
A text has been added from Socrates Historia Ecclesiastica, 7.29, in which Socrates describes the appointment of Nestorius as Bishop of Constantinople and his action against Arians, Novatianists and Quartodecimans.
Wednesday 10th December 2008
Milonic Menu system updated to version 5.810
Thursday 4th December 2008
A text has been added from Lactantius Liber de Mortibus Persecutorum, XXXIV. The Edict of Galerius (311). After several years of persecution recognition and freedom of worship are granted to Christians.
Thursday 27th November 2008
A text has been added from Lactantius Liber de Mortibus Persecutorum, XI - XIII. It describes the beginning, in 303, of the great persecution under Diocletian and Galerius.
Thursday 20th November 2008
A text has been added from Socrates Historia Ecclesiastica, 6. 13, in which Socrates defends Origen against criticism.
Friday 14th November 2008
An excerpt from Gregory of Nyssa on Baptism has been added. In Baptismum Christi (On the Baptism of Christ). In this sermon Gregory speaks of how God can take ordinary things and achieve remarkable things through them.
Further work has also been done on the site search facility which is now extended to Greek words. The system is not yet finalised, but further information and a beta test page can be found through the link at the bottom of the site homepage.
Wednesday 5th November 2008
A passage from Tertullian, De Praescriptione Haereticorum, 20, 21 and 32 has been added in which Tertullian emphasises the importance of the tradition going back to the apostles and the orderly succession of bishops.
Thursday 30th October 2008
All the site texts are now available for printing through taking out a subscription as detailed on the "Subscription Printing Facility" and "Important Information About Printing" links.
Sunday 26th October 2008
A text from Augustine's Confessions (3. 3. 6 - 5. 9) has been uploaded in which Augustine describes how the study of Cicero's Hortensius led him towards philosophy and the study of the scriptures.
Friday 24th October 2008
All the text in the "Greek Writers" section of the website are now available for printing for the payment of a modest subscription.
Monday 20th October 2008
Some excerpts have been added to the site from Gregory of Nyssa Life of St Macrina. Macrina, the sister of Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, was the influential leader of a religious community on the banks of the River Iris.
Monday 13th October 2008
A text from Epiphanius Adversus Haereses (Panarion), 62 has been uploaded, in which the views of Sabellius and the Sabellians are described. Sabellius was a 3rd century "modalist monarchian".
Monday 6th October 2008
A longish text has been added which gives Theodore of Mopsuestia's understanding of the incarnation of God in Christ. Theodore's was an approach of the "Antiochene" school. The text is De Incarnatione, 7.
Monday 29th September 2008
The often cited passage has been uploaded from Irenaeus Adversus Haereses book 4 in which Irenaeus says that the glory of God is a living human being.
Monday 22nd September 2008
A passage from Tertullian, De Corona, 3, has been added in which Tertullian describes some of the practices with which he was familiar associated with Baptism and the Eucharist.
Thursday 18th September 2008
A facility for printing some of the site's texts has been
added. This is available on a modest subscription basis. For $8.00 subscribers
will be able, for three days, to print out the texts (with notes) in the "Creeds
and Councils" section of the website. This includes some of the texts which
receive the most hits - e.g. the Chalcedonian Definition, the Creed of
Constantinople (381), and the Creed of Nicaea (325).
Over the next month or so, if all goes smoothly and there are no technical problems, then it is hoped that all of the texts on the site will be available for printing in a similar way. Target completion date is the end of October 2008. Full details and information on the printable texts currently uploaded can be found here.
Monday 15th September 2008
Added part of Jerome's Letter 22 (34-35) to Eustochium in which he describes the life of three kinds of Egyptian monks: Coenobites, Anchorites and Remoboth.
Monday 8th Setpember 2008
Added Gregory of Nazianzus Letter CXXX to Procopius, in which he complains about the futility of Councils of Bishops.
Saturday 6th September 2008
The problems with the look up facility to the Perseus morphology database on the local earlychurchtexts server have been addressed. Please report on any lingering problems that may be found.
Tuesday 2nd September 2008
Added Hilary of Poitiers on The Two Natures of Christ - from De Trinitate, book 9. 14 and 10.19.
I also noticed that something seems to have stopped the operation of the look up facility to the Perseus morphology database on the local earlychurchtexts server. I'm looking into this.
Tuesday 19th August 2008
Augustine on how he was influenced by Ambrose. Confessions, 5. 13. 23 - 14. 25.
Wednesday 13th August 2008
Gregory of Nazianzus' Critique of Apollinarianism has been updated to include the Migne notes on the Greek text.
Tuesday 5th August 2008
A couple of pages have been uploaded with links to printable texts with all associated notes. Within a month to six weeks it is hoped that all texts will be available in this format and printable for a modest subscription. (See also the "Printing and Copying" link on the Homepage.) The rest of the site will remain as it currently is, so this will be an additional facility. See Texts/Cyril of Jerusalem/ Baptism, significance of, and Texts/Tertullian/The Incarnation. Feedback on any problems within printing is welcome. Use the email link on the Homepage.
Tuesday 29th July 2008
Added a facility for subscribing to a free e-newsletter (about once a week) which will give all the latest information about texts and developments at this site. See on the Homepage, or under the "Home etc." menu at the top of the screen.
Wednesday 23rd July 2008
Added Migne notes on the Latin and Greek text to Leo's Tome.
Monday 14th July 2008
Added Eusebius of Caesarea on Origen and his work on the Text of the Old Testament - the Hexapla - from Historia Ecclesiastica 6. 16. There are extensive background notes to accompany from the Migne text and the NPNF translation.
Monday 7th July 2008
Added Origen De Principiis 4.16 about the Parabolic Element in Scripture. Origen argues that it is foolish to interpret all Scripture literally.
Monday 30thJune 2008
Added Augustine writing about his conversion, from Confessions 8. 12. 28-30.
Monday 23rd June 2008
Added two sections of the Epistle of Barnabas together with a link to the Greek text and translation of the whole epistle. The sections are examples of Barnabas' allegorical interpretation of the Jewish Scripture.
Tuesday 17th June 2008
Added chapters 30 and 31 to the Eusebius text about Constantine and the sign of the cross. Life of Constantine book 1.
Monday 16th June 2008
Added Lactantius on Constantine's heavenly vision before the battle of Milvian Bridge in 312. Liber de Mortibus Persecutorum, XLIV
Monday 9th June 2008
Added Jerome Letter 22 to Eustochium (section 7), about Jerome's experiences as an ascetic in the desert.
Monday 2nd June 2008
Added part of Jerome Letter 53 to Paulinus in which Jerome emphasises the importance of scripture and says that a guide and teacher is needed for proper understanding of scripture.
Monday 2nd June 2008
The Bible text links have been updated under Menus
Top Horizontal (1st Cent/Writings ('Christian')/Canonical)
Side Vertical Alphabetical
so that original language links now point to the Greek text at www.zhubert.com (Re:Greek) and the Latin Vulgate text at www.biblegateway.com.
Monday 28th May 2008
Added a libellus from the time of the persecution under the emperor Decius, with links to information on persecution and various translations of Cyprian related texts. See under Texts/Libelli or Themes/Church and State.
Friday 23rd May 2008
Added the Migne textual notes to Cyprian On the Unity of the Church.
Monday 19th May 2008
Added Eusebius on the Canonical Epistles (Peter and Paul) of the New Testament from Historia Ecclesiastica, 3.3.
Monday 12th May 2008
Added The Tome of Leo - both the Latin and Greek versions of this important and influential Christological text. (Migne notes will be added later.)
Monday 5th May 2008
Added Canons 1-6 of the Council of Ephesus 431. The notes included, from Bright's Canons Of The First Four General Councils, and NPNF, give a wealth of useful background information. The Greek text follows that in Bright's Canons. A Latin version is also given from Dionysius Exiguus.
Tuesday 28th April 2008
Added Augustine on The Relation of the Old and the New Testaments from De Utilitate Credendi, 9.3.
Monday 21st April 2008
Added chapter 5 of Ignatius' Letter to the Romans with a link also to a complete Greek text and translation - on the theme of martyrdom.
Monday 14th April 2008
Added Eusebius on the Canon of the New Testament from Historia Ecclesiastica, 3.25.
Sunday 6th April 2008
Added an important passage for the development of the understanding of and language about the Trinity. Tertullian's Adversus Praxeam, chapters 2 & 3.
Friday 4th April 2008
Updated Irenaeus on Tradition from Adversus Haereses book 3. The original language texts are now based on the Harvey edition with the Harvey textual notes added.
Thursday 3rd April 2008
Added Eusebius of Caesarea on the Neronian Persecution, including the beheading of Paul and the crucifixion of Peter - from Historia Ecclesiastica, 2.25
Tuesday 18th March 2008
A slightly amended new version of the Milonic menu system files has been uploaded. Please report any problems through the Webmaster email link on the homepage.
Monday 17th March 2008
Added two contrasting passages from Jerome - one positive towards Origen and another (later passage) negative. Fragment of Letter 33 to Paula and Contra Joannem Hierosolymitanum, 7.
Friday 14th March 2008
Added Augustine on Philosophy and Theology / Christianity and Pagan learning from De Doctrina Christiana (On Christian Doctrine), 40 (60, 61)
Monday 10th March 2008
Added Tertullian on The Incarnation from Apologeticus pro Christianis (Apology), 21: 10-14
Wednesday 5th March 2008
Added Justin Martyr on Baptism from Apology, 1. 61.
Wednesday 27th February 2008
Added I Clement, 40 - 42, 44 about Christian Ministry at the end of the first century, together with a link to the completed Greek text and translation of 1 Clement.
Monday 25th February 2008
The Martyrdom of Polycarp page has been updated so that it now has the Kirsopp Lake Greek text complete with textual notes. A locally based Perseus morphology has also been added to the pages. Do check this out as an alternative to the Perseus Website based morphology. Click on the link in the introductory lines. The aim is that eventually all pages will have this twofold approach.
Thursday 21st February 2008
Added a useful way of linking to and reading the Apostolic Fathers texts based at Rick Brannan's website. This is all the Apostolic Fathers Greek texts with English translations, except Hermas. Go to Texts / Diognetus, Epistle to / Chapters 5 - 7, and follow the link for "the complete Greek text with English translation as found on Rick Brannan's website". For future excerpts from the writings of the Apostolic Fathers I plan to add a link to the complete original language text in this way.
Thursday 21st February 2008
Added Justin Martyr on the celebration of the Eucharist and the pattern of Sunday of Worship from Apology 1. 65 - 67.
Friday 15th February 2008
Added The Didache - both the section about Baptism and the Eucharist, and the complete text with morphological links and translation.
Friday 8th February 2008
Added Irenaeus "The Rule of Faith" from Adversus Haereses, 1. 2 - 3. Irenaeus states that the faith of the Church is the same throughout the world.
Saturday 2nd February 2008
Added Tertullian passage from Apologeticus pro Christianis (Apology), 29 - 32 - about Christians and loyalty to the Emperor.
Sunday 27th January 2008
Added Ignatius Letter to the Magnesians, chapters 8 - 10, on Christianity and Judaism; plus also the whole letter.
Saturday 19th January 2008
Added a passage from Hilary of Poitiers on The Trinity: From De Trinitate, book 12. 52 and 57.
Monday 14th January 2008
Added two passages from Cyril of Jerusalem's Catechetical Lectures: On the significance of baptism from Mystagogica Catechesis, 1 (Catechetical Lecture, 19); and on the Catholic Church from Catechetical Lecture, 18.
Monday 7th January 2008
Added Optatus on the origins of the Donatist Controversy from De Schismate Donatistarum. There is also now a page of links to translations of other passages which relate to the Donatist controversy - accessible from the Optatus page or through the menu system.
Saturday 5th January 2008
Added Irenaeus about Basilides (Gnostic) from Adversus Haereses, 1.19. There is also now a page of links to translations of Gnostic texts and critiques of Gnosticism in the writings of some of the Early Church Fathers - accessible from Basilides page or through the menu system (Gnosticism).
Wednesday 2nd January 2008
Added Irenaeus about Ebionites from Adversus Haereses, 1.22. The page also contains links to several other texts (in translation) which talk about the Ebionites.
Thursday 27th December 2007
Added chapters 5 to 7 of the Epistle to Diognetus. An anonymous author gives a moving description of the distinctive qualities of the Christian life.
Sunday 23rd December 2007
Added Cyprian's letter to Pompey in which he discusses the views of Pope Stephen about there being no need to rebaptise "heretics".
Saturday 22nd December 2007
Added chapters 11 to 25 of Protoevangelium of James (for Christmas!). These chapters are about the nativity of Christ.
Sunday 16th December 2007
Added Cyprian's Letter to Quintus about the baptism of "heretics". There are also links to other texts (currently English translations) about this controversy between Cyprian and Pope Stephen.
Wednesday 12th December 2007
An RSS feed has been added to the site which could be a useful way of keeping up to date with latest developments. Test it out from the homepage. Email the webmaster with any problems. This is a new approach for him, so do notify of any issues.
Tuesday 11th December 2007
Added Ignatius on Docetism from the Letter to the Trallians, 9-10.
Also updated Ignatius pages with more information and added the complete texts with morphological links for Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans and Trallians. Access through the links on the Texts / Ignatius pages.
Friday 7th December 2007
Added the Greek Text of Athanasius' 39th Festal Letter in which he gives the 27 New Testament Books which are to be considered canonical.
Monday 3rd December 2007
Various texts uploaded relating to the Old Roman Creed and the Apostles' Creed. See under Texts / Creeds / Old Roman. Included are the creed (Greek version) found in Marcellus of Ancyra's apologia to Pope Julius (found in Epiphanius), the Latin version of Rufinus derived from his Commentarius in Symbolum Apostolurum (plus his account of the tradition which links the creed with the apostles), the tradition found in Pseudo-Augustine linking particular clauses to particular apostles, and the earliest version of the Apostles' Creed as in current usage, found in the Dicta Abbatis Pirminii.
Monday 26th November 2007
Added another text about Montanism: Hippolytus on Montanist Prophets from Refutation of All Heresies, 8. 19.
I have also experimented further with a locally based lookup for morphological analysis and lexicon. See the Eusebius / Origins of Montanism page, and the Hippolytus Montanist Prophets page for links. The system is not completely flawless but certainly useful if the Perseus site is not responding. With due acknowledgment to Perseus for the electronic versions of the lexicons, and Peter Heslin, programmer of Diogenes for some of the code that is used.
Friday 23rd November 2007
Added Eusebius' Historia Ecclesiastica, 5.16, where he outlines the origins of Montanism
Monday 19th November 2007
Added Eusebius' translation into Greek of the Edict of Milan. Access this through the link on the Lactantius/Edict of Milan page.
Sunday 18th November 2007
Added the Muratorian Canon, both as found in Migne PL and in Gwatkin Selections from Early Christian Writers.
Tuesday 13th November 2007
Added "The Edict of Milan" granting Christians freedom of worship from Lactantius Liber de Mortibus Persecutorum, XLVIII.
Not quite so much progress on texts over the last week as I have been experimenting with possibilities for incorporating the Perseus lookup facility on the website. Perhaps more news on that later.
Monday 5th November 2007
Added texts from Tertullian where he is writing about Marcion. From De Praescriptione Haereticorum, 30 where Tertullian writes about Marcion's relationship with the Catholic Church, and from Adversus Marcionem, 1.19, 1.27, 3.8, where Tertullian writes about Marcion's Antitheses, his understanding of God, and his understanding of Christ.
There has also been a fairly significant update and enhancement to the resources on the "Centuries" menus. "Councils" are also now listed under their respective centuries and a number of additional resources have been added to the links for Councils (particularly relating to translations of council documents, canons etc.).
Thursday 1st November 2007
Added Irenaeus writing about Marcion from Adversus Haereses, book 1
Monday 29th October 2007
Added the Canons of the Council of Nicaea, 325
Thursday 25th October 2007
Added Augustine's reflection on the Trinity from De Trinitate, book 9.
Monday 22nd October 2007
Added Gregory of Nazianzus' critique of Apollinarianism from letter 101 to Cledonius.
Saturday 20th October 2007
Added some fragments of Apollinaris (Apollinarius) of Laodicea which indicate his Christological teaching.
Wednesday 17th October 2007
Added Hippolytus (Antipope) writing about Callistus (Pope) in Refutation of All Heresies (Philosophoumena). A very hostile biography!
Also added Theodoret version of the Letter of the Council of Nicaea to the Egyptian Church.
Friday 12th October 2007
Added Irenaeus on Recapitulation in Christ from Adversus Haereses, 3.18.1 and 5.21.1.
Thursday 11th October 2007
Added The Letter of the Council of Nicaea to the Egyptian Church, dealing with Arius, Meletius of Lycopolis and the Dating of Easter. Taken from Socrates Historia Ecclesiastica 1.9.
Friday 5th October 2007
Added The Creed of Nicaea as agreed the Council of 325. Some amendments also made to the Constantinople 381 Creed page to point up better the differences between the two creeds.
Monday 1st October 2007
Added Socrates' description (from Historia EcclesiasticaI 1.5) of the start of the Arian controversy.
Sunday 30th September 2007
Added Arius' letter to Eusebius of Nicomedia in which he speaks about his Christology. (As found in Theodoret and Epiphanius.)
Wednesday 25th September 2007
Added Ambrose letter to Theodosius after the massacre at Thessalonica (390).
Some Arian controversy texts to be added next.
Sunday 23rd September 2007
John Chrysostom Homily 16 on Romans 9 added - the part where Chrysostom says some interesting things about free will and grace.
Wednesday 19th September 2007
Excellent William Harmless Bibliographies added as links on individual texts pages - together with links to a page where more recently scholarly versions of complete patristic texts can be found.
Tuesday 18th September 2007
Updated Menu Code uploaded. Please report through email link on homepage any problems.
Monday 17th September 2007.
Augustine and Pelagius on free will now uploaded.
Several bibliographies added to the menus for writers for whom texts are already uploaded.
These bibliography menus will also shortly be added to the menus on the individual text pages.
Today I heard from the menu software company about the "menu bug". Looks promising and hopefully it might be fixed soon.
Friday 14th September 2007.
The next texts to be uploaded will relate to Free Will and the Pelagian controversy - Augustine and Pelagius on free will, and possibly some of a Chrysostom homily on Romans 9. Target date early next week.
Thursday 13th September 2007.
After feedback about the shortcomings of using Greek and Latin texts from 19th century sources (little alternative with copyright restrictions) I will aim shortly to add a link to each "text" page alerting readers to be aware of the "age" of and background to these texts - also giving links to where they may be able to locate more recent versions. My first attempt at this (which can be further developed) is here.
Wednesday 12th September 2007.
Latest "Texts" added to the site (to be located through the site menu system) are:-
Socrates - John Chrysostom and the Statue of the Empress
An interesting incident in the life of this outspoken Christian preacher.
Theodoret (though not definitely!) - Letter to Domnus on the
death of Cyril of Alexandria.
A colourful text. See how these Christians love one another.
Eusebius - Life of Constantine - account of Constantine's
vision of the Cross.
A significant/?dangerous? text in the tradition of the Church.
Jerome - Preface to the Four Gospels.
Letter to Pope Damasus about his Latin translation of the Bible.