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Monday, November 30, 2015

Wiley Patristics Companion

I'm looking forward to teaching a course on patristics next year, and this recently published volume will be a strong contender for possible textbooks in my class, not least because of the ample attention it pays to Syriac, Arabic, and Greek traditions alongside the Latin: Ken Parry, ed., Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics (2015), 552pp.

About this book the publisher tells us:

This comprehensive volume brings together a team of distinguished scholars to create a wide-ranging introduction to patristic authors and their contributions to not only theology and spirituality, but to philosophy, ecclesiology, linguistics, hagiography, liturgics, homiletics, iconology, and other fields.

  • Challenges accepted definitions of patristics and the patristic period - in particular questioning the Western framework in which the field has traditionally been constructed
  • Includes the work of authors who wrote in languages other than Latin and Greek, including those within the Coptic, Armenian, Syriac, and Arabic Christian traditions
  • Examines the reception history of prominent as well as lesser-known figures, debating the role of each, and exploring why many have undergone periods of revived interest
  • Offers synthetic accounts of a number of topics central to patristic studies, including scripture, scholasticism, and the Reformation
  • Demonstrates the continuing role of these writings in enriching and inspiring our understanding of Christianity
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