VOLUME 2 – THE APOSTOLIC FATHERS
Our founder, J. R. Church, was a great student of the ancient church fathers and their timely writings. He would have been very pleased to see this three-volume collection of ancient texts. While not inspired Scripture, they do provide a great look into the early church and what they believed, some of it downright prophetic in a premillennial way! This apocryphal literature sheds light on early Judaism and the early church, many times corroborating and enhancing the biblical account with great insights.
Volume 1 includes the books of Enoch, Jasher, Maccabees and Jubilees (plus many more), all chock-full of fascinating reading on the fallen angels, the mysterious death of Moses and Joshua’s Long Day.
Volume 2 contains many of J.R.’s favorite writers, historians and theologians including Justin Martyr, Polycarp (a likely pupil of the Apostle John), Clement, Irenaeus, and Barnabas.
Volume 3 (Featured here) is an English translation of the Greek Septuagint, translated directly from the Hebrew Old Testament. Volume 3 also includes the Apocrypha. This was likely the Bible referenced and used in New Testament times by Jesus and His disciples, the Apostle Paul and the Apostolic Fathers.
Volume 4 includes select sermons from Martin Luther, Desiderius Erasmus, John Calvin, William Tyndale and John Wesley. These select works by key Protestant Reformers reflect the theology and actions of those churchmen and statesmen who placed their careers, works, and actions in jeopardy in order to crystalize the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. These studies will help you understand how Lutheranism, Angelicanism, Calvanism, and Armenianism gave birth to modern Western Christian denominations.
Volume 5 includes select works of Gilbert Tennent, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Charles H. Spurgeon, Charles Finney and Dwight L. Moody. Key works of preachers of the Great Awakenings (the evangelical and revitalization movements that swept Protestant Europe and British America, especially the American colonies during the 1730s through the 1800s) reflect the theology and actions of those devout churchmen whose powerful preaching and teaching created a deep sense of conviction regarding morality and the need for personal revelation and salvation by no other than Jesus Christ.
The Researchers Library of Ancient Texts (5 Volumes) is therefore intended to be a supplemental resource for assisting serious researchers and students in the study of the Bible and the early Church age.