From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
D. H. Williams (Ph.D., 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.