Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Clement and his First Epistle to Corinth

Clement of Rome was the first man to really lead the Church after the apostolic era.  As all the apostles, including Peter and Paul, were martyred, Clement led as bishop along with Linus and Cletus. 

Paul mentions him as a young man in Philippians 4:3.  According to Philip Schaff, Clement wrote his epistle to Corinth possibly during the time of Nero and the temple's destruction.  I agree with tradition that Clement wrote the epistle and that he traveled with Paul and Luke as a co-worker.  His epistle to Corinth that I plan to read is in response to persecution in the Roman empire and is very timely in our era today.

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