Reading the corpus of texts written by the Fathers of the Church has always been a core area in Christian theology. However, scholars and academics are by no means united in the question how these important but difficult authors should be read and interpreted. Many of them are divided by implicit (but often unquestioned) assumptions about the best way to approach the texts or by underlying hermeneutical questions about the norms, limits and opportunities of reading Ancient Christian writers.
This book will raise profound hermeneutical questions surrounding the reading of the Fathers with greater clarity than it has been done before. The contributors to this volume are theologians and historians who have used contemporary post-modern approaches to illuminate the Ancien corpus of texts. The chapters discuss issues such as What makes a 'good' reading of a church Father? What constitutes a 'responsible' reading? Is the reading of the Fathers limited to a specialist audience? What can modern thinkers contribute to our reading of the Fathers?
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About the Author
Morwenna Ludlow is Lecturer in Patristics at the University of Exetery, UK.
Scot Douglass is Associate Professor in the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers at University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.
Table of Contents
1. Foreword, Scot Douglass, Morwenna Ludlow
Part I: Reading Postmodern Readings of the Fathers
2. Jean-Luc Marion's Reading of Dionysius the Areopagite. Hermeneutics and Reception History, Johannes Zachhuber
3. Time and the Responsibilities of Reading: Revisiting Derrida and Dionysius, David Newheiser
4. Seeing God in Bodies: Wolfson, Rosenzweig, Augustine, Virginia Burrus
Part II: Reading Postmodern Thinkers in Parallel with Reading the Fathers
5. Emmanuel Levinas and Gregory of Nyssa on Reading, Desire and Subjectivity, Tamsin Jones
6. The Combinatory Detour: The Prefix Sun- in Gregory of Nyssa's Production of Theological Knowledge, Scot Douglass
Part III: Reading the Fathers Reading Themselves
7. Text and Context: The Importance of Scholarly Reading, Gregory of Nyssa, Contra Eunomium, Matthieu Cassin
8. Anatomy - Investigating the Body of Texts in Origen and Gregory of Nyssa, Morwenna Ludlow
9. Afterword: Conversations about Reading