Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Pastoral Epistles in the Apostolic Fathers

The first major reception of the texts of the New Testament is of course from the Apostolic Fathers. Rick Brannan has done an interesting job of putting together a list of Potential Quotes, Allusions, or References of the Pastoral Epistles in the Apostolic Fathers (see the links therein). The Apostolic Fathers are significant as they are among our first major witnesses to textual traditions of the New Testament and give evidence of how the New Testament writings were being interpreted within a generation of their composition.

Otherwise, more generally, note the following volumes on the New Testament and the Apostlic Fathers by Andrew Gregory and Christopher Tuckett:

Trajectories through the New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers

The New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers 2 volume set

The Reception of the New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers

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