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Pratscher, Wilhelm [Hrsg.]
Die Apostolischen Väter. Eine Einleitung.
Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2009. 283 S. 8° = UTB M 3272. Kart. EUR 24,90. ISBN 978-3-8252-3272-6 (UTB); 978-3-525-03637-2 (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht).
This new, comprehensive treatment of the Apostolic Fathers pro-vides a full, but very accessible, introduction to these texts. The so-called ›Apostolic Fathers‹ constitute a collection of somewhat miscellaneous texts, all probably from the period shortly after the time of the New Testament. Wilhelm Pratscher, as editor of the book provides a useful introductory essay on the corpus of the Apostolic Fathers, sketching how the collection has been treated in the past, and which texts have been included. The first to make such a collection was Cotelier in 1672, and since then various editions of ›the collection‹ have been published, expanded over time as new texts have become known (e. g. the Didache, whose text was not discovered until the 1880s). Pratscher has decided to treat ...
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