Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives

Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives

by Peter C. Bouteneff

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ISBN-13: 9780801032332
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Peter C. Bouteneff (DPhil, University of Oxford) is associate professor of theology at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York. He is the author of Sweeter Than Honey: Orthodox Thinking on Dogma and Truth and coauthor of Beyond the East-West Divide: The WCC and "the Orthodox Problem."

Table of Contents

And There Was Evening: A Preface
The Authors under Review
The Questions We Pose
A Word about Language
1. And There was Morning: An Introduction
The Text and Its Journey
Silence and Irruption: First References to Genesis 1-3
2. At the Birth of Christian Reflection: Paul and the New Testament
Paul in Context
Paul and Scripture
Paul and the Paradise Narrative: Sin and Death
Paul and the Paradise Narrative: Gender and Marriage
Paul and the Evangelists
Postscript: The Pastoral Epistles
Conclusions
3. Recapitulation: The Second-Century Apologists
The Scriptures of the People
Justin Martyr
Melito of Sardis
Theophilus of Antioch
Irenaeus of Lyons
Conclusions
4. Senses of Scripture: The World of Origen and the Origin of the World
Tertullian
Origen
Conclusions
5. Paradise, Whatever That May Mean: The Cappadocians and Their Origen
Cyril of Jerusalem
Athanasius of Alexandria
Enshrining Origen: The Philocalia
Basil of Caesarea
Gregory of Nazianzus
Gregory of Nyssa
Conclusions
6. These Are the Generations: Concluding Observations
Scripture and Exegesis
The Hexaemeron
Paradise
Allegory, Type, and History
The One Thing Needful
Appendix: Genesis 1-3 and 5:1-5
Indexes

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