Category Archives: Patristic Commentary

“Children in Paradise”: Gregory of Nazianzus on Gen 2-3

If there’s one thing I know about the early chapters of Genesis, it’s that they often raise far more questions than they do answers; not surprisingly, modern interpreters still struggle to make even the most basic of decisions, such as … Continue reading

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Chrysostom on the Good of Marriage, Part 2

In my final post on this subject, we encounter some truly beautiful words concerning marriage and family life as we arrive at the heart of Chrysostom’s positive view on marriage, which, I believe, stems from a principle found in his Homily … Continue reading

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Chrysostom on the Good of Marriage, Part 1

This week, we turn from Augustine in the West to a contemporaneous, and equally influential, figure in the East: John, who would later come to be known as “Chrysostom” (Golden Mouth) was born in Antioch around the middle of the … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Good of Marriage

Marriage is a contested issue in today’s society, but what many don’t recognize is that it’s always been an issue that has caused sharp debate, particularly within Christian communities. While the instructions of the apostle Paul concerning marriage, as most thoroughly … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright on Patristic Interpretation

Currently doing a quick read-through of Bishop Tom’s insightful little book Scripture and the Authority of God, and came across this comment on patristic interpretation: “What the use of allegory highlights, of course, is the church’s insistence on the importance of … Continue reading

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Regnum Caelorum and What Makes a Great Dissertation

For my eschatology class, I’m currently reading Charles E. Hill’s Regnum Caelorum: Patterns of Millennial Thought in Early Christianity (2nd ed., Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001). This book is a revision of Hill’s doctoral dissertation, which he completed under Rowan Williams at Cambridge … Continue reading

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Are You God’s Money?

And have you wandered away from the treasury? Those are the questions Augustine wants us to think about in his reflections on Mark 12:13-17. Mark 12:13-17 and parallels record a controversy between Jesus and the Pharisees and Herodians, in which … Continue reading

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