top of page


The Apostolic Fathers are a small number of Early Christian authors who lived and wrote in the second half of the 1st century and the first half of the 2nd century. They are acknowledged as leaders in the early church, although their writings were not included in the New Testament. They include Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, the author of the Didache, and the author of the Shepherd of Hermas. The Apostolic Fathers, the earliest extant Christian writings outside the New Testament, are a primary resource for the study of early Christianity. These works are important because their authors were contemporaries of the biblical writers. J. B. Lightfoot is known as the greatest British New Testament scholar of the nineteenth century.



  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (March 19, 2020)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 243 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8628179055
  • Item Weight: ‎ 13.4 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.55 x 9 inches



 JOSEPH BARBER LIGHTFOOT (1828–1889), also known as J. B. Lightfoot, was an English theologian and Bishop of Durham. He attended King Edward’s School in Birmingham before attending Trinity College in Cambridge where he was elected a Fellow of his college. From 1854 to 1859, he edited the Journal of Classical and Sacred Philology. He authored over twenty books.

THE APOSTOLIC FATHERS: The Early Christian Writings of Church Leaders Who Follow

    bottom of page