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Offline Twenty Nine

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Patristic Library
« on: January 21, 2004, 04:47:37 PM »
Where can I buy an entire patristic library? I search Amazon but did not find anything.

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Re:Patristic Library
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2004, 04:55:52 PM »
This is the first volume of the Early Church Fathers series, which run about $20 each volume.  There are plenty of them out now.  CCEL.ORG has a great online version of the series, as well.
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Re:Patristic Library
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2004, 05:10:02 PM »
I would reccomend the Ante-Nicene Fathersand the Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers from  It is pricey, but you can read the entire thing online at

I would also reccomend the Ancient Christian Writers series from Paulist Press.  There are some things there that are specifically Roman Catholic, but most are pre-schism.  There are a few good volumes in their 'Classics of Western Spirituality' series as well, but there are too many heretics and muslims there for me to reccomend it as a whole.

You will want the "Commentary on the Gospels" (by the Blessed Theophylact) and "The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints"(by St. Dimitri of Rostov) series from

That should get you started.
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Re:Patristic Library
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2004, 10:41:35 PM »
     The most cost effective way to get a large library of Church Fathers is to order the Schaff set, aka Ante-Nicene Fathers and Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers.  Its 38-Volumes in total.  You can get it for $299.99 for the whole set (about $8.50 or so a volume) in brand new hardcover at
     Most, but not all of the Ancient Christian Writers series is included in that 38 volume set, and its the less expensive way to go.  You can supplement with a few volumes of ACW, and the Popular Patristics series from Saint Vladimir's Press, which is also very reasonably priced (about $10 a volume).
     I also highly, HIGHLY recommend to everyone who can find it the four volume set of Johannes Quasten's 'Patrology'.   Its the ultimate reference guide to all of the Church Fathers, and the various published editions of their works.  It includes summaries of all extant works at the time of its publication, as well as topical summaries of important doctrines and doctrinal areas by each of the Fathers.  So, for example, if you're interested in finding out what St. Irenaeus had to say about the Theotokos or St. Gregory the Theologian's teaching on the Eucharist, its just a quick flip to get a summary, quotations, and references for further reading.  The set goes for about a hundred dollars, and is worth every penny.
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Re:Patristic Library
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2004, 11:17:27 PM »
If you cannot afford to buy all the books right now a reasonable compromise is The Early Church Fathers CD-ROM available here.

I have it and have found it pretty good and pretty useful. It is not totally complete or everything that I would want, but it has a lot and has a nifty search function, as well.

A friend of mine has the Schaff set of books. I would like to purchase that set, but, in the meantime, the CD is more than satisfactory.

At $59.95 + shipping and handling, it is pretty reasonable.
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