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In addition to the books mentioned in the introductions to the various documents, the following more comprehensive works may be consulted. In the list below and elsewhere in this volume the names of publishers are given only for books published since 1928.


Altaner, B., Patrologie, 2d ed. J. C. Herder, Freiburg, 1950.

Bardenhewer, O., Geschichte der altkirchlichen Literatur, 5 vols. J. C. Herder, Freiburg, 1913–1932.

Goodspeed, E. J., A History of Early Christian Literature. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1942.

Harnack, A., Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur bis Eusebius, 5 vols. Leipzig, 1893–1904.

Labriolle, P. de, Histoire de la littérature latine chrétienne. Paris, 1924.

Monceaux, P., Histoire de la littérature latine chrétienne. Paris, 1924.

Puech, A., Histoire de la littérature grecque chrétienne jusqu’à la fin du IVe siècle, 3 vols. Société d’édition "Les Belles Lettres," Paris, 1928–1930.

Quasten, J., Patrology, Vol. I (the best manual in English). Spectrum Publishers, Utrecht, 1950.

Raemers, S. A., A Handbook of Patrology (based on J. Tixeront, M langes de patrologie ). J. C. Herder, St. Louis, 1934.

Stählin, O., Die altchristliche griechische Literatur (in W. von Christ, Geschichte der griechischen Literatur ,2.2), 6th ed. Munich, 1924.



Duchesne, L., Early History of the Christian Church, 3 vols. London, 1909–1924.

Elliott-Binns, L. E., The Beginnings of Western Christendom. Lutterworth Press, London, 1948.

Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History. Greek text by Schwartz, E., in Die griechischen christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten drei Jahrhunderte. Leipzig, 1903. English translations with copious notes by McGiffert, A. C., in Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series I, Vol. I, New York, 1890; and by Lawlor, H. J., and Oulton, J. E. L., London, 1928.

Harnack, A., The Expansion of Christianity, English translation by J. Moffatt, 2 vols. New York, 1904–1905.

Kidd, B. J., A History of the Church to A.D. 461. 3 vols. (standard work, carefully documented). Oxford, I922.

Latourette, K. S., The First Five Centuries (Vol. I of A History of the Expansion of Christianity). Harper & Brothers, New York, 1937.

Lebreton, J., and Zeiller, J., The History of the Primitive Church, 2 vols., English translation by E. C. Messenger. The Macmillan Company, New York, 1949.

Lietzmann, H., The Beginnings of the Christian Church, English translation by B. L. Woolf. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1937.

The Founding of the Church Universal, English translation by B. L. Woolf. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1938.

Moffatt, J., The First Five Centuries (brief sketch with rich bibliography, including novels with early Christian background). University of London Press: Hodder, London, 1938.


Bauer, W., Rechtgläubigkeit und Ketzerei im ältesten Christentum (fundamental study of relation of orthodoxy to heresy, somewhat radical). J. C. B. Mohr, Tübingen, 1934.

Bethune-Baker, J. F., Introduction to the Early History of Christian Doctrine (standard work), 5th ed. Cambridge University Press, London, 1933.

Cadoux, C. J., The Early Church and the World (clearly organized and well-documented work on early Christian ethics). Edinburgh, 1925.


Dix, G., The Shape of the Liturgy (standard work on liturgy, deals largely with early period). The Dacre Press, London, 1944.

Harnack, A., A History of Dogma, English translation by N. Buchanan, 7 vols. London, 1894 ff.

Lebreton, J., Histoire de la dogme de la Trinité , 2 vols. Paris, 1927–1928. English translation of Vol. I by A. Thorold. Burns, London, 1939.

McGiffert, A. C., A History of Christian Thought, 2 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1931.

Seeberg, R., Textbook of the History of Doctrines, English translation by C. E. Hay. Philadelphia, 1905.

Srawley, J. H., The Early History of the Liturgy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1947.

The New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers. Oxford, 1905.

Tixeront, J., History of Dogmas, English translation by H. L. B., 3 vols. St. Louis, 1923 ff.


Ayer, J. C., A Source Book for Ancient Church History. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1933.

Grant, R. M., Second Century Christianity (a small volume of some important fragments). S.P.C.K., London, 1946.

James, M. R., The Apocryphal New Testament. Oxford, 1924.


Migne, J. P., Patrologia cursus completus: Series Graeca, Paris,1857–1866; Series Latina, Paris, 1844–1855.

Berlin Corpus: Die griechischen christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten drei Jahrhunderte. Berlin, 1897 ff.

Vienna Corpus: Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum latinorum. Vienna, 1866 ff.

Corpus scriptorum christianorum orientalium. Paris, 1903 ff. There are four series, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, and Ethiopic.

Patrologia Orientalis, ed. Graffin, R., and Nau, F. Paris, 1907 ff.

Patrologia Syriaca, ed. Graffin, R. Paris, 1894–1926.


The Ante-Nicene Fathers (reprint of the Edinburgh edition by A. Roberts and J. Donaldson, revised by A. C. Coxe). Buffalo, 1884–1886.


Translations of Christian Literature, ed. W. J. Sparrow-Simpson and W. K. Lowther Clarke. Four series: Greek Texts, Latin Texts, Liturgical Texts, and Oriental Texts. London, 1917 ff.

Ancient Christian Writers, ed. J. Quasten and J. C. Plumpe. Newman Press, Westminster, Maryland, 1946 ff.

The Fathers of the Church, ed. L. Schopp. Cima Publishing Company, New York, 1947 ff.

Bibliothek der Kirchenväter, ed. O. Bardenhewer, Th. Schermann, and C. Weyman, Jos. Kösel, Kempten, 1911–1930; Second Series, 1932–1939.

Sources chrétiennes, ed. H. de Lubac and J. Daniélou. Éditions du Cerf, Paris, 1941 ff.


The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York, 1907–1914.

Dictionnaire d’archéologie chrétienne et de liturgie. Paris, 1907 ff.

Dictionnaire de la théologie catholique. Paris, 1903 ff.

Dictionary of the Apostolic Church. Edinburgh, 1915–1918.

Dictionary of Christian Biography. London, 1877–1888.

Realencyclopädie für protestantische Theologie und Kirche, 3d ed. Leipzig, 1896–1913.

Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum. Hiersemann Verlag, Leipzig, 1941 ff.


Heussi, K., and Mulert, H., Atlas zur Kirchengeschichte. Tübingen, 1919.

Shepherd, W. R., Historical Atlas. 7th ed. Henry Holt & Company, Inc., New York, 1929.

Wright, G. E., and Filson, F. V., The Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible. The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1945.


Richardson, E. C., Bibliographical Synopsis in The Ante-Nicene Library, Vol. 10. New York, 1899.

See also the relevant sections in the manuals listed, especially Altaner and Quasten.


Goodspeed, E. J., Index Patristicus (Greek index of the Apostolic Fathers). Leipzig, 1907.

Goodspeed, E. J., Index Apologeticus (Greek index of the Greek Apologists). Leipzig, 1912.

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