Thanks to Hendrickson Academic for sending along this review copy of Clayton N. Jefford’s Reading the Apostolic Fathers: An Introduction (amazon.com).
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ll be teaching a six-week course next spring on “How We Got the New Testament”. I’m also evaluating the possibility of teaching a six-week course on the Apostolic Fathers. It would be an introduction to the people, their writings, major issues covered, relationship with the OT, NT and other writings of that era.
The problem, of course, is a textbook. It’s a short class, so the textbook itself can’t be big because we’d also likely be reading the writings themselves. Jefford’s Reading the Apostolic Fathers: An Introduction (amazon.com) seems a good fit, and I can supplement it with other more specialized articles if I feel the need to do so. Note Hendrickson has links to the TOC, Intro and Chapter 1 on their web site.
I haven’t read it yet (still working on Wegner’s Journey from Texts to Translations (amazon.com)) but hope to get into it soon to evaluate the possibilities. But it looks good and I’m highly predisposed to use it after my initial evaluation.
That, and I’d hope we could rustle up at least a few who would be willing to take such a course through the MEMRA Institute for Ancient and Biblical Studies.