Outstanding Links: 09 Patristic Literature

Arch ImageOver the next few days, I want to share a few remarkable websites that are accessible at no cost to the public and are related to the types of topics in which CECS specializes. The links provided are active, so merely click to enter. A few lines of text describe each site in order to assist users navigate the content. These have taken several months to accumulate and are the result of evaluating numerous contributions that are currently maintained under the auspices of universities, organizations, foundations, and outstanding scholars.


EarlyChristianWritings.com offers a complete collection of ante-Nicene literature. It provides translations and commentaries for these resources and includes the New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnosticism, early patristic literature, Greco-Roman writers, and such. The navigation is intuitive and all entries are listed chronologically. Its editor is Peter Kirby (link to blog: http://peterkirby.com).


Patrologia Graeca hosts 161 Greek and Latin patristic documents from the first to the fifteenth century and is based on the Jacques Paul Migne series. Google books is responsible for the scanning and housing, and despite the cumbersome navigation tools, the site is unique with its content. No translations are offered, and the series is long out-of-print, since its printed form was published at Paris between 1857 to 1866.


The Gnostic Society Library (a section of The Gnosis Archive), specializes in the Nag Hammadi collection but maintains an archive of several additional documents. The site hosts translations of texts from numerous experts that are accessed through easy-to-use navigation. Gnosis.org is unorthodox in its approach but offers book reviews and web lectures. Recommendation: begin with “Codex Index” in the side menu.


The Gospel of Thomas Commentary (2012) explores modern interpretations of this ancient document that is extant in a Coptic translation and was discovered at Nag Hammadi in 1945. There is no particular theological position espoused, and each entry is listed according to the gospel’s 114 sayings. This is the work of Peter Kirby of the EarlyChristianWritings.com website (blog: http://peterkirby.com).


“The Gospel of Thomas Resource Center” is designed for independent research on the Gospel of Thomas, and features the first complete Coptic-English translation and concordance. The interlinear is helpful, as are the links that this site hosts. Michael Wilfred Grondin (M.A., Wayne State University), founded it in 1997. For the interlinear alone click: http://www.gospel-thomas.net/gtbypage_112702.pdf.