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Exegesis and Theology in Early Christianity

1st Edition

By Frances Young


334 pages

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This collection of articles first brings together a number of working papers which were significant in the development of Frances Young's understanding of patristic exegesis, studies not included in her ground-breaking book, Biblical Exegesis and the Formation of Christian Culture (1997), though paving the way for that work. Then comes a selection of papers on theology, church order and methodology, the whole collection constantly returning to themes such as the fundamental connection between theology and exegesis, the significant role of reflection on language, metaphor and symbol, and the creative interaction of early Christianity with its cultural and intellectual environment. These studies demonstrate the author's scholarly approach to patristic material, whereby careful attention is paid to actual texts from the past; but they also reveal the groundwork for her own theological explorations in the very different intellectual environment of the present.


'… all [the twenty essays and lectures in this volume] are of considerable interest to anyone who is trying to come to grips with the formative period of our shared Christian past.' Ecclesiology

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part A From Exegesis to Hermeneutics: Adam and Anthropos: a study of the interaction of science and the Bible in two anthropological treatises of the 4th century; John Chrysostom on first and second Corinthians; Allegory and atonement; The rhetorical schools and their influence on patristic exegesis; The 4th century reaction against allegory; Allegory and the ethics of reading; From suspicion and sociology to spirituality: on method, hermeneutics and appropriation with respect to patristic material; The Apostolic Constitutions: a methodological case-study; On episcopos and presbyteros; Ministerial forms and functions in the Church communities of the Greek Fathers; Exegetical method and scriptural proof: the Bible in doctrinal debate; Proverbs 8 in interpretation (2): wisdom personified. Part B From Doctrine to Theology: Paideia and the myth of static dogma; The Confessions of St Augustine: what is the genre of this work?; Did Epiphanius know what he meant by heresy?; Creatio ex nihilo: a context for the emergence of the Christian doctrine of creation; Naked or clothed? Eschatology and the doctrine of creation; Creation and human being: the forging of a distinct Christian discourse; Theotokos: Mary and the pattern of fall and redemption in the theology of Cyril of Alexandria; The God of the Greeks and the nature of religious language; Index.

About the Author

Frances Young is Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham, UK.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at Michael.Greenwood@informa.com

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Christianity / General