Ancient Texts

The Epistle of Mathetes (meaning "disciple") to Diognetus

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus is an early writing defending Christianity from its accusers.  The writer is unknown but is believed to have been written between 130 and 250 AD.  The Epistle survived only in one manuscript which was destroyed by fire in 1870.  Fortunately, it had already been…
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Ancient Texts

Papias of Hierapolis – from the Exposition of the Sayings of the Lord

Papias was an Apostolic Father and Bishop of Hierapolis (Pamukkale, Turkey).  He wrote the Exposition of the Sayings of the Lord in five books.  Most of the work is lost apart from the following exerpts of Irenaeus of Lyons who penned them around 180 AD. Note: As with any apocryphal…
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Ancient Texts

The Shepherd of Hermas (The Third Part of the Book of Hermas called His Similitudes)

The Shepherd of Hermas was written around 150-250 AD in Rome .  In early Christianity, it was listed between the Acts of the Apostles and the Acts of Paul.  The book consists of five visions granted to Hermas, a former slave. This is followed by twelve mandates or commandments, and…
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Ancient Texts

The Shepherd of Hermas (The Second Part of the Book of Hermas called His Commands)

The Shepherd of Hermas was written around 150-250 AD in Rome .  In early Christianity, it was listed between the Acts of the Apostles and the Acts of Paul.  The book consists of five visions granted to Hermas, a former slave. This is followed by twelve mandates or commandments, and…
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Ancient Texts

The Shepherd of Hermas (The First Part of the Book of Hermas called His Visions)

The Shepherd of Hermas was written around 150-250 AD in Rome .  In early Christianity, it was listed between the Acts of the Apostles and the Acts of Paul.  The book consists of five visions granted to Hermas, a former slave. This is followed by twelve mandates or commandments, and…
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Revelation

The letters to the seven early Christian churches (Revelation 2:1 – 3:22)

Jesus told John to “write what you have seen, what is now, and what will take place later”. John began by penning seven letters to seven early Christian churches. To the church at Ephesus, he wrote: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right…
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Matthew

Storing up treasures in heaven (not attempting to serve two masters) (Matthew 6:19 – 6:24)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers, “Do not store your treasures on earth where mice and moths can destroy them and where thieves may break in and steal them. Instead, store your treasures in heaven where mice and moths cannot destroy and where thieves cannot break…
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