Reading Scripture With the Church Fathers
Many Christians today long to become reacquainted with their ancient ancestors in the faith. They see a deeper worship and devotion in the prayers and hymns of the early church. And they believe that the writings of the early church...
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Many Christians today long to become reacquainted with their ancient ancestors in the faith. They see a deeper worship and devotion in the prayers and hymns of the early church. And they believe that the writings of the early church can shed new light on their understanding of Scripture.
But where and how do we begin? Our first encounter with the writings of the church fathers may seem like visiting a far country where the language, assumptions, concerns and conclusions are completely unfamiliar to us.
In Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers Christopher Hall helps us through this cultural confusion, introducing us to the early church, its unique world, and the sights and sounds of Scripture that are highlighted for them. As Hall points out, the ancient fathers hear music in Scripture where we remain tone-deaf. Despite their occasional eccentricities, there is a hearing refined through long listening in song, worship, teaching, meditation and oral reading. And like true masters they challenge and correct our modern assumptions as they invite us to tune our ears to hear the divine melodies of the Bible.
Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers is an exceptional guide. Hall provides a warm, winsome, informative and indispensable introduction to who these leaders and scholars were, how they read and interpreted Scripture, and how we might read Scripture with them for all its worth.
This companion to THE ANCIENT CHRISTIAN COMMENTARY ON SCRIPTURE series explains who the church fathers were and how they interpreted the Bible.
Christopher Hall shows that studying the writings of the leaders of the early church reveals how the Bible was understood in the centuries closest to its writing. He also lays out how modern Christians can benefit from patristic interpretation of Scripture.
Christopher A. Hall (Ph.D., Drew University) is Chancellor and Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Eastern University. His publications include Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers (InterVarsity Press, 1998); Learning Theology with the Church Fathers (InterVarsity Press, 2002); The Trinity (Eerdmans, 2002); Does God Have A Future (Baker, 2003), and is the editor of Ancient & Postmodern Christianity: Paleo-Orthodoxy in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Thomas C. Oden with Kenneth Tanner and the Ancient Christian Commentary Series (InterVarsity Press) to which he has contributed the award winning volume on Mark.
Most recently he has authored Worshiping with the Church Fathers (InterVarsity Press) and edited Homilies on Numbers (InterVarsity Press)
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- 1. Why Read The Fathers?
- 2. The Modern Mind & Biblical Interpretation
- 3. Who Are The Fathers?
- 4. The Four Doctors Of The East: <em>athanasius, Gregory Of Nazianzus, Basil The Great & John Chrysostom</em>
- 5. The Four Doctors Of The West: <em>ambrose, Jerome, Augustine & Gregory The Great</em>
- 6. The Fathers & Scripture: <em>exegesis At Alexandria</em>
- 7. The Fathers & Scripture: <em>the Response Of Antioch</em>
- 8. Making Sense Of Patristic Exegesis
- General Index
- Index Of Biblical Texts