Articles about Ancient Documents

Trying to find that obscure document for a homework assignment? It just might be here. I’ve collected a pretty sizable group of documents from the early Christian church and the rest of the ancient world. Let me know if you think I should add something…and let me know if I’ve misattributed a text.

By the side of every opinion and doctrine which agrees with the truth of things, there springs up some falsehood; and it does so, not because it takes its rise naturally from some fundamental principle, or from some cause peculiar to the matter in hand, but...

In Athenagoras, whose very name is a retrospect, we discover a remote result of St. Paul’s speech on Mars Hill. The apostle had cast his bread upon the waters of Ilissus and Cephisus to find it after many days.

This ancient document is generally considered spurious...that is, it was likely not written by Antoninus. The Emperor Caesar Titus AElius Adrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, Supreme Pontiff, in the fifteenth year of his tribuneship, Consul for the third time, Father of the fatherland...

Greeting, my lord and son, most worthy Origen, from Africanus. In your sacred discussion with Agnomon you referred to that prophecy of Daniel which is related of his youth. This at that time...

I have received the letter addressed to me by your predecessor Serenius Granianus, a most illustrious man; and this communication I am unwilling to pass over in silence, lest innocent persons be disturbed...

The "Rule of Faith" as recorded by Irenaeus: "...this faith: in one God, the Father Almighty, who made the heaven and the earth and the seas and all the things that are in them..."

Hippolytus's account of the baptismal service (early third century): "When the person being baptized goes down into the water, he who baptizes him, putting his hand on him, shall say: "Do you believe in..."

A number of books are mentioned in the Bible, but not included in the Bible. Here's a list of the ones I know about.

CANON 1: If anyone denies that it is the whole man, that is, both body and soul, that was "changed for the worse" through the offense of Adam's sin, but believes that the freedom of the soul remains unimpaired...

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