The Apostolic Fathers corpus contains an interesting if motley sample of early Christian writings whose Greek text was edited several times in the past couple of decades, with new critical editions and commentaries being now produced for each book separately with OUP. The versions, although quite interesting and varied, receive far less attention.

The AnTrAF Project (Ancient Translations of the Apostolic Fathers) explores various approaches the AF reception in manuscript cultures of the languages in which they were translated. Despite a few exceptions, critical editions of these versions are either still lacking or a century old, even though new manuscripts have been discovered.

A first AnTrAF conference will take place in May in Leuven, the general aim being to produce a series of updates on various aspects of the AF transmission in Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Slavonic, Middle Persian, Ethiopic and Arabic. For this project I have also secured two one-month fellowships at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (July), and Dumbarton Oaks (August).

Related publications:

Dating, Split-Transmission Theory, and the Latin Reception of the Shepherd of Hermas,” Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum 60 (2017 [2018]) 83-90.

“Some Observations on the Coptic Reception of the Shepherd of Hermas,” Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin 3.2 (2017 [2018]) 81-96.

Two Lost Lines of the Coptic Hermas in BnF Copte 130 (2) f. 127,” Journal of Theological Studies 68.2 (2017) 572-75.

Hermas in Latin: Notes on a Recent Edition,” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 94.1 (2018) 151-57.

“Four New Syriac Witnesses to the Middle Recension of the Ignatian Corpus,“ in M. Toca and D. Batovici (eds.), Caught in Translation: Studies on Versions of Late-Antique Christian Literature (Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity; Leiden: Brill), forthcoming.

Related presentations:

Organising 1 Clement in Syriac and Coptic” | Scribal Habits in Middle Eastern Manuscripts, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, May 2019.

1 and 2 Clement in University Library, Cambridge, Add. MSS 1700” | AnTrAF Conference: Versions of Apostolic Past, May 2019.

“The Coptic Reception of the Shepherd” | North American Patristics Society Annual Conference, Chicago, May 2017.

If you’re interested in this project, do get in touch at

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Detail of HMML CFMM 309, from the vHMML Reading Room.