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Fifty Works From the Early Church That Every Christian Should Read

These books contain important accounts and teachings from the early Church that every Christian should at least be familiar with. Unfortunately, many of these ancient resources are unknown to Christians today.
If you have read less than 5 of these, you rank as a catechumen.
If you have read at least 5, you are a novice.
If you have read at least 10, you are an acolyte.
If you have read at least 20, you would qualify as a sub-deacon.
If you have read at least 30, you could be a deacon.
If you have read up to 40, you should consider the priesthood.
If you have read all 50, we may declare you a bishop by acclamation.
I enjoyed compiling this list because the process revealed how lacking I am in my own patristic reading. For every one of these works I've read, there seem to be a dozen more that I haven't!
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The Douay-Rheims Bible (Various Catholic Translators)
The Douay-Rheims Bible (Various Catholic Translators)
2
The Shepherd of Hermas (F. Crombie, Translator)
The Shepherd of Hermas (F. Crombie, Translator)
3
Epistle of St. Barnabas (Apostolic Fathers, Vol. 2) (Bart D. Ehrman (Translator))
Epistle of St. Barnabas (Apostolic Fathers, Vol. 2) (Bart D. Ehrman (Translator))
4
Epistles of Sts. Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch (James A. Kleist, Translator)
Epistles of Sts. Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch (James A. Kleist, Translator)
5
The Didache
The Didache
6
Polycarp's Epistle to the Philippians (Alexander Roberts (Translator))
Polycarp's Epistle to the Philippians (Alexander Roberts (Translator))
7
Embassy for the Christians (Athenagoras)
Embassy for the Christians (Athenagoras)
8
The Writings of Saint Justin Martyr (Thomas B. Falls, Translator)
The Writings of Saint Justin Martyr (Thomas B. Falls, Translator)
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9
I Am a Christian: Authentic Accounts of Christian Martyrdom and Persecution From the Ancient Sources (Anthony Schiavo)
I Am a Christian: Authentic Accounts of Christian Martyrdom and Persecution From the Ancient Sources (Anthony Schiavo)
10
Apology and Spectacles (Tertullian)
Apology and Spectacles (Tertullian)
11
The Paedagogus (Christ the Educator) (St. Clement of Alexandria)
The Paedagogus (Christ the Educator) (St. Clement of Alexandria)
12
Against Celsus (Origen)
Against Celsus (Origen)
13
Against Heresies (Irenaeus of Lyons)
Against Heresies (Irenaeus of Lyons)
14
The Complete Works of Saint Cyprian of Carthage (St. Cyprian)
The Complete Works of Saint Cyprian of Carthage (St. Cyprian)
15
Letters and Treatises (Dionysius of Alexandria)
Letters and Treatises (Dionysius of Alexandria)
16
The Octavius (Minucius Felix)
The Octavius (Minucius Felix)
17
Refutation of All Heresies (Hippolytus of Rome)
Refutation of All Heresies (Hippolytus of Rome)
18
Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine
Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine
19
The Divine Institutes (Lactantius)
The Divine Institutes (Lactantius)
20
Eusebius
Eusebius
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21
Life of Saint Anthony of Egypt by Saint Athanasius
Life of Saint Anthony of Egypt by Saint Athanasius
22
On the Incarnation (St. Athanasius)
On the Incarnation (St. Athanasius)
23
Apocriticus (Macarius Magnes)
Apocriticus (Macarius Magnes)
24
Lausaic History (Palladius of Aspuna)
Lausaic History (Palladius of Aspuna)
25
The Desert Fathers (Sayings of the Early Christian Monks)
The Desert Fathers (Sayings of the Early Christian Monks)
26
Life of Saint Martin of Tours (Sulpitius Severus)
Life of Saint Martin of Tours (Sulpitius Severus)
27
The Pilgrimage of Egeria (Anne McGowan (Translator))
The Pilgrimage of Egeria (Anne McGowan (Translator))
28
The Ecclesiastical History (Hermias Sozomen)
The Ecclesiastical History (Hermias Sozomen)
29
The Ecclesiastical History of Socrates (Socrates Scholasticus)
The Ecclesiastical History of Socrates (Socrates Scholasticus)
30
On the Duties of the Clergy (St. Ambrose of Milan)
On the Duties of the Clergy (St. Ambrose of Milan)
31
The Life of Saint Ambrose (Paulinus of Milan)
The Life of Saint Ambrose (Paulinus of Milan)
32
Select Orations (St. Gregory Nazianzen)
Select Orations (St. Gregory Nazianzen)
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33
Exegetical Homilies on the Hexameron, Psalms, Etc. (Saint Basil the Great)
Exegetical Homilies on the Hexameron, Psalms, Etc. (Saint Basil the Great)
34
On the Soul and Resurrection (St. Gregory of Nyssa)
On the Soul and Resurrection (St. Gregory of Nyssa)
35
Saint Augustine--Confessions
Saint Augustine--Confessions
36
City of God
City of God
37
On Marriage and Family Life (St. John Chyrsostom)
On Marriage and Family Life (St. John Chyrsostom)
38
Psychomachia (Aurelius Prudentius Clemens)
Psychomachia (Aurelius Prudentius Clemens)
39
The Life of Saint Augustine (Possidius of Calama)
The Life of Saint Augustine (Possidius of Calama)
40
The Confession & Letter to Coroticus (Saint Patrick)
The Confession & Letter to Coroticus (Saint Patrick)
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