New Books

  1. Patristic Theories of Biblical Interpretation, Cambridge University Press, 2016

    This volume provides an assessment of Latin patristic hermeneutical theories and it consists of articles on a few selected authors who have explicitly reflected on interpretative matters at least somewhere in their works


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  2. Augustine in Context, Cambridge University Press, 2017

    Augustine in Context assesses the various contexts – historical, literary, cultural, spiritual – in which Augustine lived and worked. The essays, written by an international team of scholars especially for this volume, provide the background against which Augustine’s treatises should be read and interpreted. They are organized according to a rationale which moves from an introduction to the person (the so-called ‘personal context’) to the contexts of Augustine’s works and ideas, starting from the intellectual setting and extending to the socio-political realm. Collectively the essays highlight the embeddedness of Augustine in the world of late antiquity and the interdependence of his discourse with contemporary forms of social life. They shed new light on one of the most important figures of the western canon and facilitate a more enlightened reading of his writings.


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  3. The Song of Songs & the Fashioning of Identity in Early Latin Christianity (OUP, 2015)

    In this work, Karl Shuve provides a new account of how the Song of Songs became one of the most popular biblical texts in medieval Western Christianity, through a close and detailed study of its interpretation by late antique Latin theologians. Through a comprehensive analysis of these citations and allusions, Shuve argues that contrary to the expectations of many modern scholars, the Song of Songs was not a problematic text for early Christian theologians, but was a resource that they mined as they debated the nature of the church and of the virtuous life. The first part of the volume considers the use of the Song in the churches of Roman Africa and Spain, where bishops and theologians focused on images of enclosure and purity invoked in the poem. In the second part, the focus is late fourth-century Italy, where a new ascetic interpretation, concerned particularly with women’s piety, began to emerge.
    The book is published by Oxford University Press ( )


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  4. Memory, Mission, & Identity. Orality & the Apostolic Miracle Tradition

    This book by Brandon Walker uses social memory theory to evaluate the miracle stories of Peter and Paul in three second-century texts: canonical Acts, the Acts of Peter and the Acts of Paul. Far from negligible to the spread of early Christianity, the memory of Jesus’ miracles and those related to apostles Peter and Paul was important for establishing early Christian identity and promoting discipleship. The memory of miracles of Peter and Paul was retained and developed in an effort to promote imitation of Jesus in second-century Christian communities.

    ISBN 978-2-503-55589-8
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  5. Make the Words Your Own: An Early Christian Guide to the Psalms (Paraclete Press, 2014)

    The Psalms have been the prayer book of God’s people for three thousand years. But many Christians today are at a loss for how to read the Psalms, and so are largely unfamiliar with how the Psalms can teach us to pray.

    Make the Words Your Own: An Early Christian Guide to the Psalms, by Benjamin D. Wayman, recovers Athanasius’s Letter to Marcellinus to teach Christians today how to pray the psalms. This is one of the earliest surviving Christian meditations on how to pray the psalms.

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