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“Apostolic Fathers Greek Texts and Translations”

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Links to the Greek texts and translations of most of the Apostolic Fathers are available through the Early Church Texts website. 1 and 2 Clement, Barnabas, The Didache, The Letter to Diognetus, Polycarp to the Philippians, and the Epistles of Ignatius are all available through an easily navigable system (with links to the texts and translation at Rick Brannan's website). The complete Greek text of The Shepherd of Hermas is also available on the Early Church Texts website through this system. The subscription version of the site has an English translation of  The Shepherd of Hermas alongside the Greek text. A number of extracts from Apostolic Fathers texts have also been specially prepared and presented for the Early Church Texts website. Explore the menu system from the site home page.

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Apostolic Fathers Greek Texts
English translations
1 Clement Greek Text
I Clement Greek Text
2 Clement Greek Text
II Clement Greek Text
Epistle of Barnabas Greek Text
The Didache Greek Text
The Epistle to Diognetus Greek Text
The Martyrdom of Polycarp Greek Text
Polycarp to the Philippians Greek Text
Ignatius Epistles Greek Text
Ignatius to the Ephesians Greek Text
Ignatius to the Magnesians Greek Text
Ignatius to the Philadelphians Greek Text
Ignatius to Polycarp Greek Text
Ignatius to the Romans Greek Text
Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans Greek Text
Ignatius to the Trallians Greek Text
The Shepherd of Hermas Text
Shepherd of Hermas Greek Text
In Greek
Apostolic Fathers in Greek
Original Greek


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