Early Christian Sources

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Audio Recordings of Early Christian Writings

1 Clement (also called “Clement to the Corinthians”)

Shepherd of Hermas

An Anonymous Early Christian Sermon (commonly called 2 Clement)

Papias — Fragments

Ignatius — Letters

Polycarp — Letter to the Philippians


The Didache

The Odes of Solomon

The Martyrdom of Polycarp

Letter of Mathetes to Diognetus

The Martyrdom of Ignatius

Justin Martyr — First Apology

Justin Martyr — Second Apology

Justin Martyr — Dialogue with Trypho, a Jew

Justin Martyr — Fragments of the Lost Work on the Resurrection

Marcus Minucius Felix — Octavius

Irenaeus — Against Heresies

Irenaeus — The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching

Clement of Alexandria — Who is the Rich Man Who Can Be Saved

Clement of Alexandria — Exhortation to Endurance

Clement of Alexandria — Stromata

Tertullian — Apology

Tertullian — Address to the Martyrs

Tertullian — Against All Heresies

Tertullian — Against the Valentinians

Tertullian — Concerning Prayer

Tertullian — The Soul’s Testimony

Tertullian — Prescription Against Heretics

Tertullian — Of Shows

Tertullian — Of Patience

Tertullian — On Fasting

Tertullian — On Female Dress

Tertullian — On Modesty

Tertullian — On Repentance

Tertullian — On the Pallium

Tertullian — On the Veiling of Virgins

Tertullian — The Chaplet

Tertullian — To His Wife

Tertullian — To Scapula

The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity

Hippolytus — Treatise on Christ and Antichrist


Victorinus — On the Creation of the World

Victorinus — Commentary on the Apocalypse of the Blessed John

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