Post-Apostolic Fathers of the Church
"Apostolic Fathers" applies to certain disciples and successors of the twelve
apostles. In a more restricted sense, the term is applied to a group of
Greek-language writers who were among the martyrs and major figures of the 1st
and 2nd centuries in the Christian Church.
term "Post-Apostolic Fathers" is the name given by the Christian Church to the
writers who established Christian doctrine before the 8th century. The writings
of the Fathers or Patristic Literature synthesized Christian doctrine as found
in the Bible, especially the gospels, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers,
ecclesiastical dictums, and decisions of the Church councils.