(or 1 Clement) an early Christian letter, claiming to be written from the church at Rome to the church at Corinth, dealing with a division within the Corinthian church that had caused the established Corinthian leadership to be overthrown. The writer, who is not named in the text but is traditionally given as Clement, third bishop of Rome, presents an early form of a view of authority that later became important: that Jesus chose the apostles, the apostles chose their successors, and so the leaders of all the local churches can trace their authority back to the apostles and ultimately to Jesus. To oppose the leaders of one's church, therefore, is ultimately to oppose Jesus Christ. The letter of Clement was probably written sometime in the 90s of the Common Era. Seeearly Christian writings.