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Has anyone read it and what are your thoughts on it
 

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I have. It's weird in a Pilgrim's Progress kind of way, but has some allegorical gems.
 

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Some Fathers considered it Scripture, or quoted it as such anyway (not necessarily the same thing)... but for me, it's been too long since I read it to have an opinion on it. Another text for the tbr I suppose.
 
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Has anyone read it and what are your thoughts on it
I read it all and went through anything about it that I didn't understand here:

While it could be from the 1st century, it looks to me like a mid-2nd century fictional writing posing as written during Clement's 1st century papacy because it talks about Clement as having the current duty of sending letters to churches.

It had a bigger impact on Western Christianity and the Muratorian canon says that it was written by Pope Pius' brother. It has a few secondary doctrinal issues like seeming to tell someone named Maximus (the pope?) to apostasize if he comes under persecution. I got into all these issues on my thread.
 

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I am thinking of buying it and reading it and adding it to my library
It is worth having if you are going to make a collection of early church fathers. Just keep in mind that it's not scripture and has some doctrinal issues and you should read it together with a commentary like recent convert linked to.
 
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