4-Volume Set

Format: Paperback

Publication date: January 1, 1995


This monumental four-volume series places at the disposal of the English-reading public a solid introduction to early Christian literature and the teachings of the early Church. It is the first work of its kind written originally in English. The first volume appeared in 1950. Reviewers were unanimous in heaping praise upon the publication and in looking upon it as a breakthrough in studying the Fathers of the Church. To arouse interest in the works of the Fathers, Johannes Quasten provided numerous excerpts of Patristic writings in English. These selections were designed to show the development of theology in the early centuries and to illustrate the approach of the Fathers to the deposit of faith.

Volume I: The Beginnings of Patristic Literature: From the Apostles Creed to Irenaeus
Volume II: The Ante-Nicene Literature: After Irenaeus
Volume III: The Golden Age of Greek Patristic Literature: From the Council of Nicaea to the Council of Chalcedon
Volume IV: The Golden Age of Latin Patristic Literature: From the Council of Nicaea to the Council of Chalcedon

Product Details

Pages: 2162

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9780870611414

Imprint: Christian Classics

  • “An outstanding contribution.”


    “For the student of early Church History as well as the development of Christian doctrine, Quasten's work is an outstanding contribution. Indeed one may confidently predict that it will be the standard work in the field for many years to come.”

    The Princeton Seminary Bulletin

  • “Exacting research.”


    “Here is the fruit of decades of exacting research by one whose firsthand mastery of early Christian literature, liturgy and archaeology is equaled by few modern scholars.”

    Walter J. Burghardt, S.J.

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