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Early Fathers and Church Writings

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:17 pm
by uberdwayne
Hey All,

I've compiled a number of public domain writings from the Apostolic fathers into a handy PDF :) I have, the Didache, number of epistles from Ignatius, Barnabas, Clement, Shephard of Hermas and others in greek. I've formatted them into a document for the purpose of printing a 9 x 6 book (I work at a printshop and my boss lets me run personal jobs from time to time). I will be finishing the table of contents tonight.

The text has been taken from Lake Kirsopp's publication from the "Christian Ethereal Library" which originated from Loeb Classical Library, which was first published in 1913. This work is in the public domain so there are no copyright laws being broken.

Anyway, the reason I'm posting this, is because I'd like to offer it up to whoever wants it. I think too, it'd make a great edition to the library here at text kit.

Also, there are likely going to be some errors from the conversion to Unicode PDF. If anyone wants to help me look for them, that'd be great too. I'm not making money or selling this at all, I just wanted a hardcopy of these for my own library and figured everyone else could benefit from it.

Let me know what you think.

Re: Early Fathers and Church Writings

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:36 pm
by Markos
I think this is an excellent idea. There are so many useful public domain resources available, and it does make sense to edit and combine these into single volumes. I, for one, have never liked reading Greek texts on line, so printed editions have always been appealing to me.

As technology continues to improve, it will be easier and easier for people to self-publish/print on demand all sorts of things. This should in turn lower the cost of published works.

Having said that, in this case you are competing with Michael Holmes' excellent hard cover edition of the Apostolic fathers, which in terms of quality of the binding, font, price et. cet. will be hard to beat.

Re: Early Fathers and Church Writings

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:25 am
by Ilion
Excellent! I am looking forward for your compilation.

Re: Early Fathers and Church Writings

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:17 pm
by demetri

Keep us posted for your release, please.

Re: Early Fathers and Church Writings

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:16 pm
by uberdwayne
I feel I was a bit vague, I'd be offering the PDF file freely to anyone who wants it. not an actual hardcopy. Though one could print one very easily from the pdf. I didn't get a chance to finish the Table of Contents yet, and I may not until the beginning of next week now :(. We're going camping, and I'm sure the last thing my wife would want is me plugging away at the computer. lol

Re: Early Fathers and Church Writings

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:50 pm
by uberdwayne
an update...

I've finished the Table of Contents, I'm just double checking with Christian Ethereal Library to ensure I'm not stepping on any toes. Once I receive verification that the Greek text I used form them has no other caveats to it, I will release the file into the public domain.

Perhaps if it goes through, we could make it a community project to add an english translation :)