The Harp of Prophecy: Early Christian Interpretation of the Psalms

University of Notre Dame Pess
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The Psalms generated more biblical commentary from early Christians than any other book of the Hebrew and Christian canon. While advances have been made in our understanding of the early Christian preoccupation with this book and the traditions employed to interpret it, no study on the Psalms traditions exists that can serve as a solid academic point of entry into the field. This collection of essays by distinguished patristic and biblical scholars fills this lacuna. It not only introduces readers to the main primary sources but also addresses the unavoidable interpretive issues present in the secondary literature. The essays in The Harp of Prophecy represent some of the very best scholarly approaches to the study of early Christian exegesis, bringing new interpretations to bear on the work of influential early Christian authorities such as Athanasius, Augustine, and Basil of Caesarea. Subjects that receive detailed study include the dynamics of early Christian political power, gender expressions, and the ancient conversation between Christian, Jewish, and Greek philosophical traditions. The essays and bibliographic materials enable readers to locate and read the early Christian sources for themselves and also serve to introduce the various interdisciplinary methods and perspectives that are currently brought to bear on early Christian psalm exegesis. Students and scholars of theology and biblical studies will be led in new directions of thought and interpretation by these innovative studies.
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About the author

Brian E. Daley, S.J., is the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of a number of books, including The Hope of the Early Church: A Handbook of Patristic Eschatology.

Paul R. Kolbet is lecturer in early Christianity at Yale Divinity School and author of Augustine and the Cure of Souls: Revising a Classical Ideal (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010).

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University of Notre Dame Pess
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Published on
Jan 30, 2015
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780268158316
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / Old Testament
Religion / Biblical Studies / Old Testament
Religion / Christian Church / History
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