Two theologians publish new book on Apostolic Tradition

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University of Notre Dame theologians Paul Bradshaw and Maxwell Johnson examine an early Christian order in a new book titled “The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary,” published this month by Fortress Press as part of the Hermeneia commentary series.p. Bradshaw, Johnson and coauthor L. Edward Phillips provide the first-ever comprehensive commentary of the early Christian document known to scholars as the Apostolic Tradition. By suggesting that the document is a collection of material from different historical periods, the authors help refute the common notion that it stems from the work of Hippolytus of Rome in the third century. The document’s original Greek text is largely missing and, in order to compensate, the authors reconstructed it from other versions existing in Latin, Coptic, Arabic and Ethiopic.p.

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