ANF06. Fathers of the Third Century: Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius the Great, Julius Africanus, Anatolius, and Minor Writers, Methodius, Arn

Author: Alexander of Lycopolis
Author: Archelaus, Bishop of Caschar
Author: Anatolius of Laodicea, St. (?-283)
Author: Julius Africanus, Sextus (c.160-c.240)
Author: Dionysius of Alexandria, Pope (?-264)
Author: Gregory Thaumaturgus (c.213-c.270)
Author: Peter of Alexandria, Pope (?-311)
Author: Alexander of Alexandria, Pope
Author: Methodius of Olympus
Author: Arnobius of Sicca
Minor Writer: Malchion
Minor Writer: Pamphilus of Caesarea (?-309)
Minor Writer: Phileas
Minor Writer: Theonas of Alexandria, Pope (?-300)
Minor Writer: Pierus of Alexandria
Minor Writer: Theognostus of Alexandria (c.210-c.270)
Minor Writer: Alexander of Cappadocia and Jerusalem (?-251)
Editor: Schaff, Philip (1819-1893)

Originally printed in 1885, the ten-volume set, Ante-Nicene Fathers, brings together the work of early Christian thinkers. In particular, it brings together the writings of the early Church fathers prior to the fourth century Nicene Creed. These volumes are noteworthy for their inclusion of entire texts, and not simply fragments or excerpts from these great writings. The translations are fairly literal, providing both readers and scholars with a good approximation of the originals. This volume harmonizes various fragmentary material. It contains the work of different authors: St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, Pope Dionysius of Alexandria, Sextus Julius Africanus, St. Anatolius, Pope Peter of Alexandria, and others. These writings were heavily influential on the early Church, and for good reason, as they are inspirational and encouraging. These volumes also come with many useful notes, providing the reader with new levels of understanding. Overall, Ante-Nicene Fathers, or any part of it, is a welcome addition to one's reading list.

Tim Perrine
CCEL Staff Writer