This book is prepared primarily for the use of the students of Patrology in various institutes of Theology. The needs and preferences of the students of theology are kept in mind while writing this book. The book has eleven chapters and is arranged according to three periods: Beginning and Growth of Early Christian Literature; The Golden Age of the Fathers of the Church; and The Period of Decline. This book will be a very useful handbook to all the students of theology and those interested in the subject.
Dr. Joseph Thekkedath sdb is a much acclaimed professor, who has taught history for a number of years in both secular and ecclesiastical colleges. He has been a former president of the Church History Association of India.