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The epistle commonly known as "The First Epistle of Clement" holds a prominent position in the history of early Christian literature since, being written about 95-96 AD, it is the earliest extant Christian writing which is not apart of our New Testament canon. The mixing of Jewish and Hellenistic elements in Clement's epistle has often been remarked upon. On the one hand Clement evinces a knowledge of Jewish homiletical tradition, employs Jewish language throughout the epistle and, by the direct use of the Old Testament. On the other hand, Clement's epistle also points to a thorough familiarity with Hellenistic rhetoric and philosophy. Clement's epistle gained early popularity in Christian Church, being known to or used by a great number of ancient writers. One of most striking things about Clement's epistle is the extraordinary number of quotations from the Old Testament which it contains.

Keywords: Clement's epistle; Hellenistic elements; Jewish elements; New Testament writing; Old Testament writing

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