Monday, February 22, 2010

The Old Testament as Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East

The Old Testament as Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East

This publication represents the latest scholarly research in the field of the Old Testament's use as Scripture in Eastern Christianity. Its twelve articles focus on the use of the Old Testament in the earliest Christian communities in the East. The book explores the authoritative role of the Old Testament and its impact on the church's doctrine, liturgy, canon law, and spirituality in these churches.

The book is published by Peter Lang Inc., as a volume in the series "Bible in the Christian Orthodox Traditions" and is available through the publisher:
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Contents: Nicolae Roddy: Introduction - J. Edward Walters: Son of Man, Son of God: Aphrahat's Biblical Christology - Merja Merras: Ephraem the Syrian and the Authority of the Old Testament Writings - Bryan A. Stewart: Levitical Paradigms for Christian Bishops: The Old Testament Influence on Origen of Alexandria - Mark W. Elliott: Leviticus between Fifth-Century Jerusalem and Ninth-Century Merv - David Kneip: The Holy Spirit in Cyril of Alexandria's Commentary on Isaiah - Robert A. Kitchen: Winking at Jonah Narsai's Interpretation of Jonah for the Church of the East - Jonathan Loopstra: A Syriac Tract for the «Explanation» of Hebrew and Foreign Words - Nicolae Roddy: Does the Orthodox Lectionary Subvert the Gospel? The Pericope of the Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen (Matt 21:36-46) - Timothy Scott Clark: A Question for the Audience: The Prokeimenon and Poetics in Eastern Liturgy - Edith M. Humphrey: Grand Entrance: Entrance into Worship as Rhetorical Invitation and Liturgical Precedent in the Older Testament - Rajkumar Boaz Johnson: The Use of the Old Testament in the Syrian Christian Traditions of India.

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