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Patristics is the study of early Christian writers, known as the Church Fathers. The name patristics derives from the Latin pater (father). The period is generally considered to run from the end of New Testament times (around 100 AD) until around the 8th century. The Church Fathers or Fathers of the Church are the early and influential theologians and writers in the Christian Church, particularly those of the first five centuries of Christian history. ... This article is about the Christian scriptures. ... -1...

The church fathers are generally divided into the Ante-Nicene Fathers, those who lived and wrote before the Council of Nicaea (325) and the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, those who lived and wrote after 325. In addition, the division of the fathers into Greek and Latin writers is also common. Examples of the former are Justin Martyr and Cyril of Alexandria. Among the Latin Fathers are Tertullian and Augustine of Hippo. The First Council of Nicaea, held in Nicea in Bithynia (in present-day Turkey), convoked by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in 325, was the first ecumenical[1] conference of bishops of the Catholic Church, and most significantly resulted in the first uniform Christian doctrine, called the Nicene Creed. ... Events May 20 - First Council of Nicaea - first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church: The Nicene Creed is formulated, the date of Easter is discussed. ... Justin Martyr (also Justin the Martyr, Justin of Caesarea, Justin the Philosopher) (100–165) was an early Christian apologist and saint. ... St. ... Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, anglicised as Tertullian, (ca. ... “Augustinus” redirects here. ...

Most patristic texts are available in J.-P. Migne's two great Patrologies, Patrologia Latina and Patrologia Graeca. For Syriac and other oriental languages the Patrologia Orientalis is less complete and can be largely supplemented by the Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium. Noted collections containing re-edited patristic texts (also discoveries and new attributions) are the Corpus Christianorum, Sources Chr├ętiennes and on a lesser scale Oxford Early Christian Texts, Fontes Christiani (also Etudes Augustiniennes). Jacques-Paul Migne Jacques Paul Migne (25 October 1800 - 24 October 1875) was a French priest who published inexpensive and widely-distributed editions of theological works, encyclopedias and the texts of the Church Fathers. ... The Patrologia Latina is an enormous work published by Jacques-Paul Migne between 1844 and 1855, with indices published between 1862 and 1865. ... The Patrologia Graeca is an edited collection of writings by the Christian Church Fathers in the Greek language in 161 volumes, produced in 1857–1866 by J.P. Migne It includes both the Eastern Fathers and those Western authors who wrote before Latin became predominant the West in the 3rd... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Corpus Christianorum is a major publishing undertaking of the Belgian publisher Brepols devoted to patristic and medieval Latin texts. ... Sources Chrétiennes (French Christian sources) is a bilingual collection of patristic texts founded in Lyon in 1943 by the Jesuits Jean Daniélou, Claude Mondésert, and Henri de Lubac. ... Fontes Christiani is a recently established German bilingual collection of patristic and medieval Latin works (1998). ...

External links

  • Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers Collection A 38 volume set containing most of the major works of the first 800 years of Christian patristic writings.
  • Corunum Large collection of patristic texts that outline the cardinal doctrines of the Catholic faith.
  • Ecole Initiative Online collection of patristic texts, images, and information.
  • Faulkner University Patristics Project A growing collection of English translations of patristic texts and high-resolution scans from the comprehensive Patrologia compiled by J. P. Migne.
  • Patristics In English Project An online initiative whose aim is to scan and present all out of copyright patristic texts as well as providing new translations of previously untranslated patristic texts.
  • St. Pachomius Library Large collection of various patristic texts and information dealing with Eastern Orthodoxy.
  • The Tertullian Project A scholarly site devoted to the study of the second century Latin patristic writer Tertullian. Also includes many out of copyright patristic texts.
  • International Association of Patristics Studies
  • L'Istituto Patristico Augustinianum di Roma
  • North American Patristics Society

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Volume 3: The Golden Age of Greek Patristic Literature from the Council of Nicea to the Council of Chalcedon.
Patristic scholars sought to use the most reliable texts in creating this contemporary English version.
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