The inaugural volume of the Ancient Christian Writers Series, published in 1946, presents fresh translations of St. Clement of Rome's letter to the Corinthians (ca. 95) and the seven extant letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca. 110). Perhaps the earliest Christian literature after the New Testament, these letters testify to an already-strong sense of the hierarchical structure of the Church and the importance of apostolicity in determining true doctrine. 174 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
St. Clement's epistle, written c. 96, is called the first epistle, and is a model of a pastoral letter. The epistles of St. Ignatius, Bishop of Smyrna at the beginning of the second century, are addressed to six Christian communities.