The Evangelical Ressourcement series is grounded in the belief that there is a wealth of theological, exegetical, and spiritual resources from the patristic era that is relevant for the Christian church today and into the future. Amid the current resurgence in interest in the early church, this series aims to help church thinkers and leaders reappropriate these ancient understandings of Christian belief and practice and apply them to ministry in the twenty-first century. Tradition, Scripture, and Interpretation is the second volume in the series.
While the patristic age is marked by the development of the Apostle's and the Nicene creeds, D. H. Williams contends we must not neglect the lesser known yet just as significant theological texts and expressions of worship that were seminal in shaping early Christian identity. In this sourcebook, Williams gathers key writings from the first through sixth centuries that illustrate the ways in which the church's confessions, teaching, and worship were expressed during that time. More than an anthology, this sourcebook introduces the primary sources of Christian antiquity.
Williams opens the book with a chapter examining the close interplay between Scripture and tradition in the thinking of the early church. The selections are grouped thematically and cover various crucial topics, including the rule of faith, baptismal formulations and instruction, creeds, and biblical interpretation. Within each theme, the writings are arranged chronologically, revealing how the Christian tradition on a given topic developed over time. Explanatory notes provide historical background and theological context for each reading.
Tradition, Scripture, and Interpretation enables students and teachers to read the patristic authors on issues related to the earliest development of Scripture and tradition, showing how they functioned as authorities for the early church.
D. H. Williams (PhD, University of Toronto) is professor of religion in patristics and historical theology at Baylor University. He is the author of Evangelicals and Tradition and Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing Evangelicalism and editor of The Free Church and the Early Church.
The Early Church period is an era that seems somewhat neglected by many modern church traditions. Our culture has an unhealthy obsession with the novel and it's a spirit that has... Read morePublished 23 months ago by C. C. Fenn
This book is valuable because it provides primary source material from the Early Fathers. There is also a useful appendix that gives the Scriptural references to every clause in... Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by W. L. needham
so far very interesting and a good read for the more layman of us. I am well versed in the bible and the bible languages but was short on the history of the early church. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by G. Waldo
I apologize for sending this response a semester late. I had made an accident by ordering the book for a class. However, the book came in great condition and I am truly grateful!Published on January 22, 2013 by Phillip Crenshaw