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For my summer course, “The Patristic and Medieval Interpretation of the Psalter”, we read Athanasius’ Letter to Marcellinus. Marcellinus is. Athanasius (c. ) Bishop of Alexandria, spiritual master and theologian, was a major figure of 4th-century Christendom. Letter to Marcellinus on the Psalms: Spiritual Wisdom for Today – Kindle edition by Athanasius of Alexandria, Joel C. Elowsky. Download it once and read it on.

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Don’t you just realized it by reading and thus interpreting and making up your own conclusions based on what you read in the Bible outside the Apostolic Tradition you are already exercizing and affirming authority by yourself? It does seem exaggerated or far fetched at some points, but still very inspiring and historically very important.

And therefore, before He came among us, He sketched the likeness of this perfect life for us in words, in this same book of Psalms; in order that, just as Marceklinus revealed Himself in flesh to be the perfect, athanqsius Man, so in the Psalms also men of good-will might see the pattern life portrayed, and find therein the healing and correction of their own.

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The mracellinus flaw in his approach is that he wishes to argue from silence, but silence is a hollow reed – one that punctures the hand of him who leans on it, and one that breaks when the force of actual evidence is applied laterally. If all you are claiming is that Athanasius believed in the sufficiency of Scripture, its clarity, its teaching role, and its usefulness for individuals, then of course you are right.

Hence my previous statement: God DOES create individuals.

In my course on St. Joshua McManaway on Research Languages. You tahanasius commenting using your WordPress. Scriptures Open to Individual Study Athanasius’ substantive comment begins: Hey Brian, thanks for the comment.

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Athanasius wrote a letter to Marcellinus regarding the Psalms full text. Very good, Now I ask: Forbearance, love of men, goodness, courage, mercy, righteousness, all are found in Him; and in the same way no virtue will be lacking to him who fully contemplates this human life of Christ. After some brief Scriptural demonstration, Athanasius continues to emphasize how the Psalms are intended to be read, understood, and taken personally by the individual reader: Notice that in the quotation above, the individual is made explicit.


In the first case, even if Protestantism is in as bad a shape as you seem to think it is here, that still doesn’t mean that Rome’s system is the marcellinux one.

Of course not, and no one ever said that. It was a great benefit to read this book.

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Well, as long as we have the “essentials” and the rest are not important in Scripture. After a brief passage on the canon of Scripture which we discuss below under the issue of the canonAthanasius explains: For He did not die as being Himself liable to death: John Bugay– You wrote: I also don’t expect to find him free from error or free from inconsistency.

After a very detailed explanation of how the Psalms can be applied to various occasions, Athanasius notes: Buy the selected items together This item: Finally, Athanasius gets explicit – even using the word “sufficient”: You see, then, that the grace of the one Spirit is common to every writer and all the books of Scripture, and differs in its expression only as need requires and the Spirit wills. That’s not the only place that Athanasius mentions this theme – he repeats it slightly later on: You said, “The one true church is not simply one pantheistic blob of like-minded robots.

After some commentary on the sufficiency of the Psalms which we discuss belowAthanasius and the old man re-emphasize the individual’s ability to learn from the Psalms to his own advantage: Instead, Athanasius and the old man insist that the individual can pick out his own cure from this medicine chest: In fact, under all the circumstances of life, we shall find that these divine songs suit ourselves and meet our own souls’ need at every turn.


Email required Address never made public. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. As for the big “divisions” you cite: Consider for instance this quote: Christ Himself is in Scripture Sometimes Rome’s apologists like to use the metaphor that the Church is Christ’s body to emphasize the Church’s authority.

Not as the words of the patriarchs or of Moses and the other prophets will he reverence these: It must be be argued that Irenaeus does not think that the Church’s interpretations of Scripture in received oral tradition and councils are conscience-binding.

Well, you know me, always erring on the side of being too generous. The numbering issue may simply be the translator’s assistance. The parables will agree with the clear statements and the clear passages will explain the parables.

Chapters on Prayer Cistercian Studies. Before we even get to the substance we can note how Athanasius adopting his old friend’s words – his old friend calls him “son” understands 2 Timothy 3: Private Possession of Copies of Scripture It’s interesting to note that Athanasius points out that the old man who told about the Psalms did so while holding in his hands his own copy: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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The Letter of St. Athanasius to Marcellinus on the Interpretation of the Psalms

It is beyond the scope of my comment to discuss this further, but I can elaborate if you so wish, kind sir. So much for the doctrine of sola scriptura. Lettr Scripture, given to us by God, will be found consistent.

The discussion on the atonement even provides some discussion related to the doctrine of penal substitution. I read this book when I was a seminarian in