Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, By Christopher A. Hall
Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers
  • Length: 225 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: August 21, 1998
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1500
  • ISBN: 9780830815005

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Many Christians today long to become reacquainted with their ancient ancestors in the faith. They see a deeper worship and devotion in the prayers and hymns of the early church. And they believe that the writings of the early church can shed new light on their understanding of Scripture.

But where and how do we begin? Our first encounter with the writings of the church fathers may seem like visiting a far country where the language, assumptions, concerns and conclusions are completely unfamiliar to us.

In Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers Christopher Hall helps us through this cultural confusion, introducing us to the early church, its unique world, and the sights and sounds of Scripture that are highlighted for them. As Hall points out, the ancient fathers hear music in Scripture where we remain tone-deaf. Despite their occasional eccentricities, theirs is a hearing refined through long listening in song, worship, teaching, meditation and oral reading. And like true masters they challenge and correct our modern assumptions as they invite us to tune our ears to hear the divine melodies of the Bible.

Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers is an exceptional guide. Hall provides a warm, winsome, informative and indispensable introcution to who these leaders and scholars were, how they read and interpreted Scripture, and how we might read Scripture with them for all its worth.

. . .an accessible introduction to both the Church Fathers and their exegesis. [O]verall this is a solid introduction to some of the major Church Fathers of the East and West. I believe that anyone interested in Patristic exegesis would do well to begin with this volume.

Nick Norelli, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, June 13, 2008


1. Why Read the Fathers?
2. The Modern Mind Biblical Interpretation
3. Who Are the Fathers?
4. The Four Doctors of the East: Athanasius, Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil the Great John Chrysostom
5. The Four Doctors of the West: Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine Gregory the Great
6. The Fathers Scripture: Exegesis at Alexandria
7. The Fathers Scripture: The Response of Antioch
8. Making Sense of Patristic Exegesis


General Index

Index of Biblical Texts


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Christopher A. Hall

Christopher A. Hall (PhD, Drew University) is the president of Renovaré. He is associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, and his books include Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, Learning Theology with the Church Fathers, and Worshiping with the Church Fathers. Hall previously served at Eastern University for over twenty years in several roles, including chancellor, provost, dean of Palmer Seminary, dean of the Templeton Honors College, distinguished professor of theology, and director of academic spiritual formation.