The Genuine Epistles of the Apostolical Fathers: St. Barnabas, St. Clement, St. Ignatius, St. Polycarp; The Shepherd of Hermas, and the Martyrdoms of St. Ignatius and St. Polycarp
University Library THE PREFACE, HAVING, in the second edition of the Apostolical Fathers, so far improved the translation I before published of them, as to render it almost a new work; it will be necessary for me to give some account of the changes that have been made in it, and what advantages I have had for the making of them. The Epistles of St. Clement had been so correctly set forth from the Alexandrian manuscript, by the learned Mr. Patrick Young, that having no other copy fo recur to, there are no considerable alterations to be expected in the present edition of them. And yet even in these, I have not only carefully reviewed my translation, and compared it with the original Greek, and corrected whatsoever I thought to be less exact in it; but by help of a new, and more accurate collation of Mr. Young scopy, with that venerable manuscript from which it was taken, I have amended some places in the text itself, which had hitherto escaped all the editors of these Epistles. For this I was beholden to the friendly assistance of the very learned, and pious, Dr. Grabe; to whose ready help these Apostolical Fathers owe a great part of that exactness, with which, I presume, they will appear in this edition of them. The Epistles of St. Ignatius having been lately published at Oxford, by our Reverend Dr.
William Wake (Editor)