Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers

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InterVarsity Press, Aug 21, 1998 - Religion - 223 pages
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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, theirs 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 introcution 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.
  

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Review: Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers: Focusing Concern and Action

User Review  - Michael Porter - Goodreads

Good intro to some of the early church fathers, including Origen. It also lays out, in a pretty clear way, the differences between the Antiochian and Alexandrian schools of scriptural thought. I had ... Read full review

Review: Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers: Focusing Concern and Action

User Review  - Goodreads

Good intro to some of the early church fathers, including Origen. It also lays out, in a pretty clear way, the differences between the Antiochian and Alexandrian schools of scriptural thought. I had ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
Who Are the Fathers?
43
The Four Doctors of the East
56
The Four Doctors of the West
102
The Fathers Scripture
132
The Fathers Scripture
156
Making Sense of Patristic Exegesis
177
Notes
201
General Index
219
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Christopher A. Hall is chancellor of Eastern University and dean of the Templeton Honors College. He is also associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.

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