Sunday, June 5, 2011

Free Kindle Formatted Church Fathers

This is an old project that I worked on a long time ago. It took ages to put an active Table of Contents in each book, but it is done. Because I did this so long ago, I don't know which web pages I got these from, but I do know that I got many - if not most - of these from Turretinfan's blog before turning them into Kindle books. A couple of the Anti-Nicene volumes are missing, though most of them are here. As always, you can say thanks by visiting our sponsor, and in the process, helping me pay for my books for seminary.

Ante-Nicene Volume 1
Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and other Apostolic Fathers

Ante-Nicene Volume 2
Hermas, Tatian, Athenagoras, Theophilus, and Clement of Alexandria

Ante-Nicene Volume 3

Ante-Nicene Volume 5
Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, and Novatian

Ante-Nicene Volume 7
Lactantius, Asterius Urbanus, Victorinus, Dionysius of Rome, and Early Liturgies

Ante-Nicene Volume 10
Deutero-Canonical Gospels, The Epistles of Clement, Origen's Commentary on John

Post-Nicene Volume 1
St. Augustine - Biography by Philip Schaff
The Letters of St. Augustine

Post-Nicene Volume 3
Augustine - Doctrinal Treatises and Moral Treatises

Post-Nicene Volume 4
Augustine - Anti-Manichean and Anti-Donatist Writings

Post-Nicene Volume 5
Augustine - Anti-Pelagian Writings

Post-Nicene Volume 6
Augustine - Sermon on the Mount, Harmony of the Gospels, and Homilies on the Gospels

Post-Nicene Volume 7
Augustine - Homilies on the Gospel of John, Homilies on First John, Soliloquies

Post-Nicene Volume 8
Augustine - Expositions on the Psalms

Post-Nicene Volume 9
John Chrysostom - On the Priesthood, Ascetic Treatises, Select Homilies and Letters

Post-Nicene Volume 10
John Chrysostom - Homilies on the Gospel of Matthew

Post-Nicene Volume 11
John Chrysostom - Homilies on Acts and Romans

Post-Nicene Volume 12
John Chrysostom - Homilies on First Corinthians

Post-Nicene Volume 13
John Chrysostom - Homilies on Gaatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon

Post-Nicene Volume 14
John Chrysostom - Homilies on the Gospel of John and on Hebrews

Post-Nicene Volume 15
Eusebius - Church History, Life of Constantine, and Oration in Praise of Constantine

Post-Nicene Volume 16
Socrates Sozomenus - Church History


  1. Thanks for the effort, Adam. Very much appreciated.

    As for the missing volume 4 (in the Anti-Nicene list), is that just a mistake or was it not found in your source? I tried to help myself and others here, but could not.

    First, since the URLs use random characters, we can't try to guess at what it may have been if it was just missing by mistake.

    Second, when I visited the link to the TurretinFan site you reference, yours is a link to just the front page, not some page listing the books. I used the search feature on his site, but searching anti-nicene turned up no results.

    Any help appreciated.

  2. Oh, just noticed now it's also vols 6, 8, and 9.

  3. Charlie,
    On Turretinfan's page, look off to the left side and scroll down the page. You should see a large selection of Church Fathers there. As for the missing volumes, I believe that Turretinfan didn't have them at the time I was making these, and I never bothered to try tracking them down.

  4. I see. Thanks. And I see now that I had missed your closing points in the blog entry, saying that you knew there were some missing. Doh :-) If I'd seen that, I wouldn't have bothered you with this.

    So I sense you're saying that you will not be updating them. Fair enough.

    In case it may help other readers, first, here is TurretinFan's page linking to Google books and sites for the other books.

    Sadly, using he tMissing Vol 4 as an example, none of the Google Books links offer a Kindle-formatted version. But the page for Vol 4 does.

    As for vols 6, 8, and 9 (missing above), when I look at the Kindle versions of them (as linked to by Turretinfan), those do not have the nice "active table of contents" Adam had added in his version (though volume 4 there does).

    Hope that's helpful to someone.

  5. Adam,

    This is pretty awesome! Thanks for doing the work of making these into Kindle books!

    I had one question for you. I try to collect any good books, such as the ones you have converted, as PDF's whenever I find them around the web. I'm seeing many titles in your other puritan post's that I haven't been able to find thus far. Would you be able to point me to some of the places that you got your original text from to be able to make the kindle books? Are they mainly from PDF's or html pages?


  6. The answer with the church fathers is, they were HTML to begin with (see above discussion). As for the rest of them, the answer is... all over the place, some PDF, some not. Here are some of the webpages that I remember using, however.
    (I didn't actually use any of the books he carries, because he charges for them, and I assume he did the hard work of scanning them himself. But I got every volume of Joseph Caryl's commentary on Job for $6 from him in scanned PDF format, and it's worth every penny.)

    I wish I could remember the rest. A lot of times I just really wanted something by a certain author and I searched until I found someone with it on their webpage for free and then I just made the eBook from their formatted HTML. Really every eBook has its own story, and I did most of these over a year ago.

    I should also note that you can get a'Brakel's magnum opus "A Christian's Reasonable Service" off of this page absolutely for free in PDF format:

    I have created a Kindle version of all four volumes for my own use, but until I get permission from Joel Beeke (which I have requested, although he has way more important things to do than answer some email about a Kindle book) I won't be distributing it here as a Kindle file.

  7. Great effort. A minor point: surely it should be "Ante-Nicene"... Not at all the same!

  8. Thanks Joel. Out of obvious embarrassment I went ahead and fixed them.

  9. Adam,
    Thanks so much for this resource! I am loading my kindle up! Many blessings to you, your family, and your studies for your faithful work!

  10. Anti - against
    Ante - before

    You definitely want the latter and not the former.

  11. Jared, it is comforting to know that even after six months you do make the rounds to look for responses to your comments. No stone unturned.

  12. Thank you so much... you have absolutely made my day. Prayers for your intentions tonight!


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