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The Loeb Apostolic Fathers: The Challenges

To continue my thread about translating the Apostolic Fathers for the Loebs….

So, the editor at Harvard Press, Peg Fulton, asked me if I would be interested in taking on the task of doing a new edition of the Apostolic Fathers for the Loebs. She wasn’t offering me the opportunity then and there. She was suggesting that I write up a prospectus that she could take to the board of the Loebs, in which I described the need for a new edition and explained how I would go about making one. After I thought about it for a while, and got advice from my friends, I decided to go for it. I had never (ever!) planned doing a serious translation project for publication. I had lots of other things I wanted to write – scholarly monographs, textbooks, and so on. But I thought it made sense to do it, both personally and professionally. So I wrote up the prospectus and the editorial board agreed it was a task that needed to be done – and so they offered me a contract. This project would be unlike anything I had tried before.

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    Yentyl  October 29, 2012

    Wow! With all the other work you do. I’d say I’d be sorry I said yes too! But for all of us, what a treasure.

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    dallaswolf  October 30, 2012

    I rally like these personal postings, Bart. They give us a real sense of how the world of scholarly world works.

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    RonaldTaska  October 30, 2012

    It does sound quite difficult.

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    nichael  October 30, 2012

    First, to Dr Ehrman – A fascinating series of posts. Thanks so much for doing this.

    Second, to my fellow readers – Since Dr Ehrman hasn’t mentioned this, I hope he doesn’t mind (too) much if I do…

    For many years I’ve wanted to learn more about the Apostolic Fathers. But –at least for me– I find that reading
    texts like this, without any additional context, is not particularly useful. Needless to say I was delighted to find
    Dr Ehrman’s (recorded) course on the Apostolic Fathers published by The Teaching Company (course title: “After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers”). This is a superb resource, and as with Dr Ehrman’s other courses with tTC, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    Finally, for others looking for a good introductory text to this topic, I’d suggest Clayton Jefford’s “Reading the Apostolic Father”.

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      Maurices5000  October 31, 2015

      I’ve certainly seen these from the Great Courses. For me it is a matter of time and I’m not sure how much I’ll find on the Christology issue.

      It would be nice to know what we can learn from the Church Fathers though. I’ve learned a lot in general. Origen says a lot about Christians, war and civic life. I don’t guess he is covered however.

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