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Reading in Christian Communities: Essays on Interpretation in the Early Church (Charles A Bobertz David Brakke (eds)) Paperback Book, (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002) 9780268040178
Reading in Christian Communities: Essays on Interpretation in the Early Church (Charles A Bobertz David Brakke (eds)) Paperback Book, (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002) 9780268040178
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Title: Reading in Christian Communities: Essays on Interpretation in the Early Church

Author: Bobertz, Charles A David Brakke (eds)

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; Publication Date: 2002

Paperback; ISBN: 9780268040178

Volumes: 1; Pages: 248

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The essays in this book honor and extend the work of Rowan A. Greer, Walter H. Gray Professor Emeritus of Anglican Studies at Yale University Divinity School, by exploring the connections between textual interpretation and the formation of religious identity. A diverse and prestigious group of biblical scholars, church historians, and theologians studies the role that scripture plays in the creation and maintenance of faith communities and the ways that communal locations in turn shape the interpretation of scripture.The first part of the book examines specific examples of ancient biblical interpretation as a means of creating, maintaining, and challenging Christian identity in the pluralistic ancient world. Authors study interpretation in the Martyrdom of Polycarp, the Physiologus, Gnostic literature, the fifth-century mosaic of the Church of Hosios David in Thessaloniki, and in the works of Irenaeus, Origen, Augustine, John Chrysostom, and Porphyry of Tyre. Reading scripture emerges as a strategy for locating the reader and his or her community with respect to other Christians, Jews, and pagans. Part 2 of the volume considers the general problem of interpretation within Christian communities, whether ancient or modern, as they face the task of maintaining a coherent identity.Contributors to this book-all students, colleagues, and friends of Rowan Greer-are Charles A. Bobertz, David Brakke, Mary Rose D'Angelo, Stanley Hauerwas, Martha F. Meeks, Wayne A. Meeks, Frederick W. Norris, Richard A. Norris, Jr., Alan Scott, Arthur Bradford Shippee, Michael Bland Simmons, and Frederick W. Weidmann.ContentsAcknowledgments Introduction The Work of Rowan A. Greer: An Appreciation Pt. 1 Interpretive Locations 1 "To Sojourn" or "To Dwell"?: Scripture and Identity in the Martyrdom of Polycarp 2 The Seed of Seth at the Flood: Biblical Interpretation and Gnostic Theological Reflection 3 The Insufficiency of Scripture: Adversus haereses 2 and the Role of Scripture in Irenaeus's Anti-Gnostic Polemic 4 Zoological Marvel and Exegetical Method in Origen and the Physiologus 5 Porphyry of Tyre's Biblical Criticism: A Historical and Theological Appraisal 6 Paradoxes of Now and Not Yet: The Separation between the Church and the Kingdom in John Chrysostom, Theodore, and Augustine 7 Vision of God and Scripture Interpretation in a Fifth-Century Mosaic Pt. 2 Locating Interpreters 8 Gender Refusers in the Early Christian Mission: Gal 3:28 as an Interpretation of Gen 1:27b 9 Prolegomena to a Ritual/Liturgical Reading of the Gospel of Mark 10 The Transfiguration of Christ: The Transformation of the Church 11 Enduring, or, How Rowan Greer Taught Me to Read Works of Rowan A. Greer Contributors Index
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