- plural noun the Christian leaders immediately succeeding the Apostles.
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Apostolic fathers — Apostolic Ap os*tol ic, Apostolical Ap os*tol ic*al, a. [L. apostolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. apostolique.] 1. Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times, or their peculiar spirit; as, an apostolical mission; the apostolic age. [1913… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Apostolic Fathers — n. 1. a group of early Christian writers of the late first and early second century traditionally believed to have known some of the Apostles 2. the writings attributed to them … English World dictionary
Apostolic Fathers — The Apostolic Fathers are a small collection of Early Christian authors who lived and wrote in the second half of the 1st century and the first half of the 2nd century. These authors are acknowledged as leaders in the early church, but their… … Wikipedia
apostolic fathers — The apostolic fathers were Christian writers of the first and second century AD who had a personal relationship with the Apostles and so are considered to be reliable teachers of genuine apostolic doctrine. Prominent among these writers were… … Glossary of theological terms
Apostolic Fathers — The Apostolic Fathers (Clement of Rome, Ignatius, Hermas, Polycarp, and Papias; and the authors of the epistle of Barnabas, the epistle to Diognetus, 2 Clement, and the Didache) form the literary link between the NT period and later Christian… … Dictionary of the Bible
APOSTOLIC FATHERS — Fathers of the Church who lived the same time as the Apostles: Clemens, Barnabas Polycarp, Ignatius, and Hermas … The Nuttall Encyclopaedia
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
Apostolic Fathers — See Fathers … American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia
Apostolic Fathers — Ap′ostol′ic Fa′thers n. pl. rel the fathers of the early Christian church … From formal English to slang
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] … Useful english dictionary
APOSTOLIC FATHERS — those CHRISTIAN writers who lived immediately after the time of the APOSTLES, such as CLEMENT OF ROME … Concise dictionary of Religion