Apostolic Fathers, The
Apostolic Fathers, The
Christian writers of the first and second centuries who are known, or are considered, to have had personal relations with some of the Apostles, or to have been so influenced by them that their writings may be held as echoes of genuine Apostolic teaching

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  • Apostolic Fathers — 1. the fathers of the early Christian church whose lives overlapped those of any of the apostles. 2. the collection of works attributed to them. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

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