The Lord's Prayer: A Survey Theological and Literary

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Religion - 272 pages
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Throughout the history of Christendom, the Lord's Prayer has held a special place of honor. Nicholas Ayo's The Lord's Prayer presents a carefully detailed exposition of the Our Father as a text worthy of inspiring both mind and heart. Ayo's approach combines a word-by-word biblical and exegetical study and includes an anthology of patristic and modern commentary on the Lord's Prayer, drawn from Origen, Thomas Aquinas, Teresa of Avila, and Simone Weil, among others. In addition, he provides historical analysis, critical evaluation, and discussion of the deeper issues raised by the various interpretations of the Lord's Prayer. Finally, Ayo includes a personal meditation on the overall significance of this unique prayer in the spiritual life. The Lord's Prayer offers wisdom and meditative reflections valuable for study/classroom groups, as well as the individual seeking spiritual reading. It is a treasure for students of theology and spirituality, containing an invaluable analysis of Greek, Latin, and modern language versions of the Lord's Prayer, along with a bibliography of patristic commentaries and books in English. In short, this book is a definitive study of the exemplary prayer of the gospel.
 

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very well documented. Thoughtful, well written and a pleasue to read. Additionally, Ayo leaves all of the heart in place as he writes technically about the pray.

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Contents

OUR FATHER
19
WHO ART IN HEAVEN
27
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
31
THY KINGDOM COME
37
THY WILL BE DONE
41
ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
45
THE THOUPETITIONS
49
The WePetitions
51
GREGORY OF NYSSA
123
MAXIMUS THE CONFESSOR
129
THOMAS AQUINAS THE THIRD PETITION
137
ORIGEN
143
TERESA OF AVILA
155
SIMONE WEIL
163
AUGUSTINE
167
ALFRED DELP
173

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
53
FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES
69
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US
77
LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
85
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
91
THE WEPETITIONS
97
THE THOU AND WEPETITIONS COMPARED
103
Other Commentary
107
INTRODUCTION
109
CYPRIAN OF CARTHAGE
115
LEONARDO BOFF
177
In Conclusion
189
THE LORDS PRAYER IN THE LITURGY
191
THE ESCHATOLOGICAL AND THE EVERYDAY
197
FINAL WORDS
203
APPENDIX
209
NOTES
242
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PATRISTIC COMMENTARY IN ENGLISH ON THE LORDS PRAYER
250
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\Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C. teaches theology and literature in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Sermon-Conferences of St. Thomas Aquinas on the Apostles' Creed (1988) and The Creed As Symbol (1989).

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