Definition of Apostolic Fathers in English:

Apostolic Fathers

plural noun

  • The Christian leaders immediately succeeding the Apostles.

    • ‘Second, as he indicates, the total extant works of the Apostolic Fathers fits ‘a volume about the same size as the New Testament‘!’
    • ‘Irenaeus of the second century was an apostolic father who focused on the restoration of God's creation through the person of Christ.’
    • ‘Polycarp was an apostolic father, and according to Church tradition, he was also a student of St. John the Evangelist.’