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Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity (Paul M Blowers (ed)) Paperback Book, (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997) 9780268007027
Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity (Paul M Blowers (ed)) Paperback Book, (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997) 9780268007027
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Title: The Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity

Author: Blowers, Paul M (ed)

Publisher: U of Notre Dame Press; Publication Date: 1997

Paperback; ISBN: 9780268007027

Volumes: 1; Pages: 464

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A genuine renaissance is presently underway in the study of biblical interpretation and biblical culture in the early Christian age. The profundity and complexity of the early Christians' engagement with Holy Scripture, in theology, in ecclesial and liturgical life, in ethics, and in ascetic and devotional life, are providing a rich resource for contemporary discussions of the Bible's ongoing "afterlife" within ecumenical Christian communities and contexts.The Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity is a collection of wide-ranging essays on the influence of the Bible in numerous and varied aspects of the life of the Greek-speaking churches during the first four centuries. Essays appear under the general themes of (I) The Bible as a Foundation of Christianity; (II) The Bible in Use among the Greek Church Fathers; (III) The Bible in Early Christian Doctrinal Controversy; (IV) The Bible and Religious Devotion in the Early Greek Church. Individual essays probe topics as diverse as the use of the Bible in early Christian preaching and catechesis, appeals to Scripture in the conflicts between Jews and Christians, pagan use of Scripture against the Church, and the Bible's influence in early Christian art, martyrology, liturgical reading, pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and ascetical life.Much of the volume constitutes a translation, revision, and adaptation of essays originally presented in the French volume Le monde grec ancien et la Bible (1984), Volume 1 of the series Bible de Tous les Temps. Four new studies appear, however, including an introductory essay on "Origin of Alexandria" as a guide to the biblical reader, and two essays on the biblical culture of early Eastern Christian monasticism.The Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity comes as an international project, the work of French, Swiss, Australian, and now Canadian and American scholars. It will be useful to students of early Christianity and the history of biblical interpretation, and will also serve as a useful introduction to the many dimensions of the reception of the Bible in the early Church.CONTENTSPreface Abbreviations Introduction Pt. I The Bible as a Foundation of Christianity 1 The Septuagint: Bible of the Earliest Christians 2 The Role of the Bible in the Birth of the Church 3 The Bible in the Earliest Controversies between Jews and Christians 4 The Bible in the Teaching and the Liturgy of Early Christian Communities Pt. II The Bible in Use among the Greek Church Fathers 5 Irenaeus's Reading of the Bible 6 The Bible and Christian Morality in Clement of Alexandria 7 Reading the Bible with Origen 8 Gregory Nazianzen: Constructing and Constructed by Scripture 9 Theodoret of Cyrus: Bishop and Exegete Pt. III The Bible in Early Christian Doctrinal Controversy 10 The Bible in Use among the Marginally Orthodox in the Second and Third Centuries 11 The Bible in the Arian Crisis 12 The Bible and Spiritual Doctrine: Some Controversies within the Early Eastern Christian Ascetic Tradition Pt. IV The Bible and the Cultural Setting of the Mediterranean World 13 Celsus: A Pagan Perspective on Scripture 14 The Bible in Greek Inscriptions 15 The First Biblical Scenes Depicted in Christian Art Pt. V The Bible and Religious Devotion in the Early Greek Church 16 Biblical Themes in Greek Eucharistic Anaphoras 17 The Influence of the Bible in Early Christian Martyrology 18 The Bible as a Guide for Early Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Land 19 The Reading of the Bible in the Ancient Liturgy of Jerusalem 20 Oral Culture, Biblical Interpretation, and Spirituality in Early Christian Monasticism List of Contributors Index Index of Biblical References
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