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List of Church Fathers

This page contains a list of church fathers. For more information on a church father, click the link to go to a page with more details. Apostolic Church Fathers Clement of Rome (~ AD 96) Clement of Rome was bishop of the church in Rome. He is the author of the First Epistle of Clement, […]

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The Shepherd of Hermas: Why Isn’t It Canon?

The Shepherd of Hermas was written during the 2nd or 3rd century and contains teaching that is orthodox, not heretical. Some early church fathers—for example, Irenaeus—even considered the Shepherd of Hermas to be canonical. However, this book is not part of the biblical canon that we have today. Who Wrote the Shepherd of Hermas? We […]

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Who’s the Author of Second Clement?

The Second Epistle of Clement has Clement of Rome’s name attached to it, but there are significant doubts concerning whether this letter was actually written by Clement of Rome. No name is officially attached to what is referred to as the “Second Epistle of Clement.” Eusebius on 2 Clement Most significantly, Eusebius, a 4th century […]

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How Did the Apostle John Die?

The Bible does not tell us how the Apostle John died, so we simply cannot know for sure how he died. However, we do have some accounts from tradition that may help us figure out how he might have died. John Probably Died in Exile in Patmos Most likely, based upon the accounts of tradition, […]

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Clement of Rome (~ AD 96)

Clement of Rome was an early church father who was bishop of the church in Rome. More specifically, he is considered an apostolic church father because of his connection to the apostles of the New Testament. Clement of Rome lived near the end of the apostolic era, at the end of the first century, and […]

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Who Were the Early Church Fathers?

There are three different categories of early church fathers: Apostolic Church Fathers Ante-Nicene Church Fathers Post-Nicene Church Fathers Apostolic Church Fathers Apostolic church fathers are the earliest church fathers. They were contemporaries of the apostles and were probably disciples of the apostles. Thus, they have a direct connection to the apostles from the New Testament. […]

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