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Posted By: J Michael Apostolic Fathers--Recommendations? - 07/14/22 05:54 PM
I'm looking for a good edition/translation of "The Apostolic Fathers", one that is hopefully fairly easy on the eyes and doesn't require a degree in anything, let alone theology, to read and understand. Any suggestions??

Thanks in advance!
Posted By: Steve Puluka Re: Apostolic Fathers--Recommendations? - 07/14/22 06:49 PM
I like the translation edited by Jack N. Sparks from Thomas Nelson & co in 1978. Very accessible english with in text scriptural references and a good index.

Steve Puluka
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Posted By: J Michael Re: Apostolic Fathers--Recommendations? - 07/14/22 08:05 PM
Originally Posted by Steve Puluka
I like the translation edited by Jack N. Sparks from Thomas Nelson & co in 1978. Very accessible english with in text scriptural references and a good index.

Steve Puluka
http://puluka.com/home
Thanks for the suggestion, Steve! That's certainly one I've looked at and considered, but given that I can't find a copy for a decent price (it's **over $60** on Amazon and everywhere else that I've found has a copy!!!), I may just have to give it a miss. If I could find a decent copy for $20 or less, then I'd give it some serious consideration.
Posted By: Devin1890 Re: Apostolic Fathers--Recommendations? - 07/16/22 08:31 PM
I suggest “The Apostolic Fathers: A New Translation”(Lexham Classics) by Rick Brannan.

It came out in 2018. Amazon is selling it for $20. You might find a version for a little less on the used market.
Posted By: J Michael Re: Apostolic Fathers--Recommendations? - 07/16/22 11:42 PM
Originally Posted by Devin1890
I suggest “The Apostolic Fathers: A New Translation”(Lexham Classics) by Rick Brannan.

It came out in 2018. Amazon is selling it for $20. You might find a version for a little less on the used market.

Thanks, Devin! That's one I've been eyeing and seems to be a strong "contender". Is it safe to assume you've read it, as you're suggesting it? If so, are you able to compare it to any other translations out there?
Posted By: Devin1890 Re: Apostolic Fathers--Recommendations? - 07/17/22 09:46 PM
J Michael,
I have read through the Apostolic Fathers twice or more. This first two times were many years ago and I cannot recall the translation(s).

Most recently, I read through a decent portion of Brannan's translation. It is advertised as a literal translation that is tighter to the underlying Greek, but at least for me, the translation reads pretty smoothly. I personally found the translator's notes to be really helpful. When Brannan's translation differs significantly from other translators, he provides notes on how the other translators rendered the passage.The notes will also clarify the occasional confusing passage.

So yes I do recommend it. If I am able, I will try to upload a few pictures of my book to give you a flavor of the text and the notes. It may not be for a day or two though.
Posted By: J Michael Re: Apostolic Fathers--Recommendations? - 07/17/22 11:04 PM
Thanks for that, Devin! That'd be great if you could upload some pics. No rush---whenever you can get to it. I look forward to it.
Posted By: Devin1890 Re: Apostolic Fathers--Recommendations? - 07/18/22 02:24 PM
I can’t figure away to post pictures on the forum. I will send you a private message with my email. When you respond I can send you a few pictures.
Posted By: J Michael Re: Apostolic Fathers--Recommendations? - 07/18/22 03:36 PM
Done!
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