The Lord's Prayer Through North African Eyes
Michael Brown's book helps to explain why Christians throughout the ages have interpreted texts differently, especially cultic texts. Beginning with an imagined Graeco-Roman auditor of the Lord's Prayer, Brown demonstrates how a Graeco-Roman's understanding of the prayer would have been different from that of a Hellenized Jew in Palestine. Brown takes the reader into discussions of early Graeco-Roman Christians regarding prayer in general and the Lord's Prayer in particular. Focusing on cultic didachai of Clement of Alexandria and Tertullian of Carthage, The Lord's Prayer through North African Eyes is a window into the turbulent and sometimes confusing world of second-century Christianity in Africa.
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About "The Lord's Prayer Through North African Eyes"
Meet the Author
Dr. Michael Joseph Brown(PhD., The University of Chicago Divinity School) is Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology. Dr. Brown's research interests focus on Christian origins and Christianity in Roman Egypt. He also has an interest in receptions of the Bible in modern culture. Blackening of the Bible: The Aims of African American Biblical Interpretation, The Lord's Prayer Through North African Eyes: A Window Into Early Christianity and What They Don't Tell You: A Survivor's Guide to Academic Biblical Studies.
Table Of Contents
- Preface; List Of Abbreviations; Chapter 1: The Lord's Prayer Through Greco-roman Eyes And Ears; A Myopic Conversation; A Broader Vision; An Imagined Greco-roman Hearing Of The Lord's Prayer In Matthew; Chapter 2: Greco-roman Visions Of Religion And Prayer; Greco-roman Culture: A Fusion Of Horizons; A Greek Philosophical Perspective; Prayer From A Philosophical Perspective; A Closer Look; A Roman Perspective; A Roman Perspective On Prayer; Chapter 3: The Tableau Of Roman Alexandria; Peering Through A Stained Glass Window; Egyptian Glass, Greek Colouring, And A Roman Stain; The Political Fragment; The Social Fragment; Alexandria As A Prism; The Church As A Refraction; Chapter 4: Clement Of Alexandria's Vision Of Prayer; Seeing The Cosmos Through Clement's Eyes; Clement And The Alexandrian Jewish Lens; The Diffusion Of The Lord's Prayer In The Writings Of Clement; Clement's Theological And Literary Vision; The Protrepticus; The Paedagogus; The Stromateis; Stromateis 7; Clement's Theology Of Prayer; Clement's Hearing Of The Lord's Prayer; Chapter 5: A Picture Of Roman Carthage; Re-focusing Our Lens; The Translucence Of Roman Culture; The Vision Of A Colonia; Carthage: A Political And Physical Representation Of Rome; Carthage: A Social And Cultural Representation Of Africa; The Amalgam Of Politics And Religion; Religion In A Roman Mode; Latin Church, African Rigor And Slanderous Images; From Montanism To Donatism: The Dominant Image Of The Carthaginian; Christian Community; Contrasting Representations Of A Universal Church; Chapter 6: Tertullian Of Carthage's Vision Of Prayer; A Vision Permeated By The Spirit; Tertullian's Theological And Literary Vision; The Praescriptio; Adversus Praxeam; De Anima; De Baptismo; De Oratione; Tertullian's Hermeneutics; Looking At Clement And Tertullian Side By Side; Tertullian's Theology Of Prayer; Tertullian's Reading Of The Lord's Prayer; Chapter 7: Two Visions Of Prayer In Early Christian Discourse; Like The Rays Of The Sun; The Central Vision Of This Book; Their Perspectives On The Lord's Prayer; The Alexandrian Perspective And Its Trajectory; The Carthaginian Perspective And Its Trajectory; From Myopia To Hyperopia