Sunday, May 01, 2011

This Week in Patristics April 24-April 30, 2011

Welcome to the post-Easter edition of This Week in Patristics (should I just shorten that to TWP?). It is a little quieter this week, now that the frenzy of Easter is over. Enjoy!

Michael Barber on The Sacred Page blog discusses the Eucharistic theology of St. Irenaeus and St. Ignatius of Antioch. He also compares St. Justin Martyr's account of worship with a video of contemporary worship (I didn't download the video- my wife was watching the royal wedding, so that seemed unwise, but I suspect the comparison isn't favourable)

Apuleius Platonicus on the egregores blog considers the Christian appropriation of Platonism in light of a new book on Theodoret of Cyrrhus, Niketas Siniossoglou's Plato and Theodoret: The Christian Appropriation of Platonic Philosophy and the Hellenic Intellectual Resistance. Apuleius (and presumably, Niketas Siniossoglou) is quite right that a simplistic view of Platonism as a sort of Christianity light is problematic. The relationship is much more complex than that.

Ben Witherington on his Bible and Culture blog features a repost of a discussion of St. John Chrysosthom's hermeneutic of the Old Testament as a shaded picture of what was to come.

Alin Suciu on his self-named blog features a preliminary report on a Coptic papyrus which contains traces of Epiphanius of Salamis' sermon, In divini corporis sepulturam.

Kevin Edgecomb on the biblicalia blog highlights further discussion of Father Alexis Trader's new book on cognitive therapy and the (Desert) Fathers and other activities of Father Alexis. He notes the good news that Father Alexis' new book is selling well, which bodes well for a paper back edition!

Darrell Bock in his Bock's Blog considers Christopher Hill's new book, Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy in a quite favourable and not particularly long review (see his review of Ehrman's book in last update- Yikes!).

Jim Davila n the PaleoJudaica blog recaps the evidence that the notorious Lead Codices are fakes. He also includes a Jordanian newspaper account of experts who have been called in to assess the authenticity of the codices.

Nick Norelli on the Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth blog discusses the Athanasian creed and its understanding of salvation.

Seumus MacDonald on the Compliant Subversity blog considers whether the wood in the Abraham-Isaac sacrifice scene in Genesis 22 is an example of typology as St. John Chrysosthom thought. I think Seumus might be right here that there is typology going on, although, like most typology, probably not intentionally. The thing with typology is that you just don't recognize it until the reality of the type has come.

That is it for this week. Stay tuned for next week on TWP!

Phil Snider

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