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Language For God in Patristic Tradition

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Criticism of myth in the Bible is not a modern problem. Its roots go back to the earliest Christian theologians, and before them, to ancient Greek and Jewish thinkers. The dilemma posed by texts that ascribe human characteristics and emotions...


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Criticism of myth in the Bible is not a modern problem. Its roots go back to the earliest Christian theologians, and before them, to ancient Greek and Jewish thinkers. The dilemma posed by texts that ascribe human characteristics and emotions to the divine is a perennial problem, and we have much to learn from the ancient attempts to address it.Mark Sheridan provides a theological and historical analysis of the patristic interpretation of Scripture's anthropomorphic and anthropopathic language for God. Rather than reject the Bible as mere stories, ancient Jewish and Christian theologians read these texts allegorically or theologically in order to discover the truth contained within them. They recognized that an edifying and appropriate interpretation of these stories required that one start from the understanding that "God is not a human being" (Num 23:19). Sheridan brings the patristic tradition into conversation with modern interpreters to show the abiding significance of its theological interpretation for today.Language for God in Patristic Tradition is a landmark resource for students of ancient Christian theology. Wide-ranging in scope and accessible in its analysis, it demonstrates that those engaged in theological interpretation of Scripture have much to gain from studying their forebears in the faith.
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  • Catalogue Code 423512
  • Product Code 9780830897001
  • ISBN 0830897003
  • EAN 9780830897001
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Jan 2015
  • DRM Free
  • Printable No
  • Size 1.33 MB (EPUB)
  • Criticism Of Myth In The Bible Is Not A Modern Problem. Its Roots Go Back To The Earliest Christian Theologians, And Before Them, To Ancient Greek And Jewish Thinkers. The Dilemma Posed By Texts That Ascribe Human Characteristics And Emotions To The Divine Is A Perennial Problem, And We Have Much To Learn From The Ancient Attempts To Address It.mark Sheridan Provides A Theological And Historical Analysis Of The Patristic Interpretation Of Scripture's Anthropomorphic And Anthropopathic Language For God. Rather Than Reject The Bible As Mere Stories, Ancient Jewish And Christian Theologians Read These Texts Allegorically Or Theologically In Order To Discover The Truth Contained Within Them. They Recognized That An Edifying And Appropriate Interpretation Of These Stories Required That One Start From The Understanding That "god Is Not A Human Being" (num 23:19). Sheridan Brings The Patristic Tradition Into Conversation With Modern Interpreters To Show The Abiding Significance Of Its Theological Interpretation For Today.<em>language For God In Patristic Tradition</em> Is A Landmark Resource For Students Of Ancient Christian Theology. Wide-ranging In Scope And Accessible In Its Analysis, It Demonstrates That Those Engaged In Theological Interpretation Of Scripture Have Much To Gain From Studying Their Forebears In The Faith.

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