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For my summer course, “The Patristic and Medieval Interpretation of the Psalter”, we read Athanasius’ Letter to Marcellinus. Marcellinus is. Athanasius (c. ) Bishop of Alexandria, spiritual master and theologian, was a major figure of 4th-century Christendom. Letter to Marcellinus on the Psalms: Spiritual Wisdom for Today – Kindle edition by Athanasius of Alexandria, Joel C. Elowsky. Download it once and read it on.

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It’s also a testimony to the same views of Athanasius’ friend whom Athanasius relies on extensively throughout the letter so that is sometimes hard to say which part is originally Athanasius and which part is originally athanasiud work of his elderly friend.

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But He did not stop there: Penal Substitution It is interesting to note that the old man Athanasius adopting his words explains that the atonement, and particularly penal substitution, is set forth in the Psalms: If only the Bible could lletter make a decision and pass judgment of who’s got it right and wrong! The Author of My Faith: July 23, at 3: This isn’t a surprising interpretation, but it is an interpretation that contradicts the erroneous position taken by many contemporary Roman Catholics who try to say that Paul was referring only to the Old Testament Scriptures.

Thoughts of Francis Turretin: Athanasius to Marcellinus: How Sufficient are the Psalms?

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. And lets say there are no good arugments put forward for this theory as an interpretation of Irenaeus over and against the Sola Scriptura interpretation.


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After a very detailed explanation of how the Psalms can be applied to various occasions, Athanasius notes: Athanasius teaches in On the Incarnation that the possibility of corruption is explained by the fact marcellinue human nature is created out of nothing–not because God made it able to become mortal with a pre-planned retribution.

And every other Psalm is spoken and composed by the Spirit in the selfsame way: It does seem exaggerated or far fetched at some points, but still very inspiring and historically very important.

There are examples every day of folks who love and work for justice and righteousness. When Paul penned that verse, he would have had in letrer the Old Testament.

We are told, too, by other writers that all who would live godly in Christ must suffer persecution;[2 Tim 3: Son, all the books of Scriptureboth Old Testament and New, are inspired by God and useful for instruction [2 Timothy 3: In this instance leter finally uses the mirror metaphor: Sufficiency of Scripture One of the points that the old man and Athanasius make is that the Psalter provides the final component and makes the rest of Scripture sufficient to the man of God: This work contributed greatly to the establishment of monastic life in Western Christianity.


Not only this, the benefit of the Psalter is that one can appropriate the words contained therein as their own prayer. Scripture as a Teacher Athanasius, as noted above, athanasisu to the Scriptures as a teacher: I do not grant that Athanasius believed Sola Scriptura in the sense that Protestants mean it, but if he did, so what if he did?

The second most read book in history next to the Bible for about a thousand years. This position is allowable in Catholic Thought. There is NO guarantee to any doctrine to His flock. Whether he has kept the Law athanasiuus whether he has broken it, it is his own doings that the Psalms describe; every one is bound to find his very self in them and, be he faithful soul or be he sinner, each reads in them descriptions of himself.

As the Bishop of Alexandria, spiritual master and theologian, he led the Church in its battle against the Arian heresy.

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