1. “The designation ‘Apostolic Fathers’ is a misleading modern affectation.” Discuss.
a. Why was Ignatius so keen to become a martyr?
b. What, if anything, can we learn from Ignatius’ letters about late first-century Antioch?
3. ‘The Shepherd of Hermas is the sorry end to a great tradition of Christian Apocalyptic.’ Is this a fair comment?
4. Evaluate the arguments used by 1 Clement to restore unity to the Corinthian church.
5. Consider the value of the Didache as a tool for reconstructing the beliefs and practices of the early church.
6. ‘The Epistle of Barnabas represents a second-century attempt to achieve the sort of grotesquely allegorizing anti-Jewish ‘replacement theology’ that the New Testament never articulated, and which was soon to prove fertile ground for Gnosticism.’ Discuss.
7. ‘The Epistle to Diognetus is a late apologetic tract of philosophical commonplaces, which is unrepresentative of Christian belief and politics in the first two centuries.’ Discuss.
a. Do the writings of the Apostolic Fathers witness to a declining understanding of the New Testament gospel?
b. ”The Apostolic Fathers show little awareness of the canonical gospel tradition.’ Discuss.