Sources for Early Christian Origins and Patristic Literature

This will be a running collection of sources assisting researchers and thinkers of Early Christiany. As time progresses, I will continue to add to this list. Please send me a note if you find glaring mistakes or books missing from the following list.

General Overview

Chadwick, Henry. The Church in Ancient Society. Oxford History of the Christian Church. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Dowley, Tim, ed. Introduction to the History of Christianity. 2nd Ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013.

Wilken, Robert Louis. The Spirit of Early Christian Thought. New Haven, CT: Yale University, 2003.

Commentary Series

Ancient Christian Commentary

The Church’s Bible

Oxford Apostolic Fathers

Primary Literature (English, Greek, and Latin)

Ancient Christian Texts

Anti-Nicene Fathers (Online)

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers (Part 2) (Online)

Clavis Patrum Graecorum

Clavis Patrum Latinorum

Corpus Christianorum—Series Graeca

Corpus Christianorum—Series Latina

The Early Church Fathers—Routledge

The Fathers of the Church Series (Master List)

Oxford Early Christian Texts

Patrologia Graeca

Patrologia Latina

Popular Patristic Series

Bibliographies, Dictionaries, and Handbooks

Bibliographies for the Study of Early Christianity and Patristic Theology

Cambridge University Press—Cambridge History of Christianity

Dictionary of Early Christian Literature, Doepp

Early Christian Greek and Latin Literature, Moreschini and Norelli

The Early Church: An Annotated Bibliography of Literature in English

Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, Di Berardino

De Gruyter—Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception

Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, Ferguson

Encyclopedia of the Early Church, Di Berardino

The Fathers of the Church, Drobner

Handbook of Patristic Exegesis

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Online Database)

Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

The Westminster Dictionary of New Testament and Early Christian Literature and Rhetoric, Aune

Monograph Series

Brill—Ancient Judaism in Early Christianity

Brill—The Bible in Ancient Christianity

Brill—Gregorii Nysseni Opera

Brill—SBL—The New Testament in the Greek Fathers

Brill—Texts and Editions for New Testament Studies

Brill—Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity

Brill—Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements

Catholic University of America Press—Studies in Early Christianity

De Gruyter—Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte

De Gruyter—Die griechischen christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten Jahrhunderte

De Gruyter—Patristische Texte und Studien

De Gruyter—Patristics

De Gruyter—Studies of the Bible and Its Reception

De Gruyter—Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur

Novum Testamentum Patristicum

Oxford—Church History

Oxford—Early Christianity

Oxford—Oxford Early Christian Studies

Oxford—Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Studia Patristica


Early Christianity

Journal of Ancient Christianity

Journal of Early Christian Studies

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Vigiliae Christianae

Societies and Conferences

The Canadian Society of Patristic Studies

North American Patristic Society

International Conference on Patristic Studies


NAPS Resources

The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies

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