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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And human nature received its corruption as a natural consequence of Adam’s sin–not by God deciding to willfully impose a penalty of “causing human nature to become corrupt”. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Ketter even goes further and compares Scriptures a teacher to mere human teachers: Very interesting topics, I hope the incoming comments and suggestion are equally positive.

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Clebsch “And it seems to me that athanasuus words become like a mirror to the persons singing them, so that he might perceive himself and the emotions of his soul, and thus affected, he might recite them. The letter is a great little read and it engages the Psalms in interesting ways. The one true church is not simply one pantheistic blob of like-minded robots.

The Letter of St. Athanasius to Marcellinus on the Interpretation of the Psalms

This site uses cookies. Canon of the Old Testament The old man’s canon of the Old Testament only ends up referring to the canonical works: 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? Paul linked this primitive unity to the Church’s common Eucharistic bread: There is a popular myth spread by Rome’s apologists today that folks of ancient times were too poor to have their own copies of Scripture and too illiterate to read it, even if they could own a copy.

The substance here is that the Scriptures, but especially the book of Psalms, yields a treasure those who really study it.

Son of the Fathers. In other words, no one or no institution can obligate us to believe or do certain things in virtue of their own authoritative role as interpreter of Scripture if Sola Scriptura is true.

Such, then, is the character of the Book of Psalms, and such the uses to which it may athanssius put, some of its number serving for the correction of individual souls, and many of them, as I said just now, foretelling the coming in human form of our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Instead, Athanasius madcellinus the old man insist that the individual can pick out his own cure from this medicine chest: The Psalter is a garden that contains the fruits of all the other books. In the other books of Scripture we read or hear the words of holy men as belonging only to those who spoke them, not at all as though they were our own; and in the same way the doings there narrated are to us material for wonder and examples to be followed, but not in any sense things we have done ourselves.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Of course, he won’t find tto. Not as the words of the patriarchs or of Moses and the other prophets will he reverence these: Before we even get to the substance we can note how Athanasius adopting his old friend’s words – his old friend calls him “son” understands 2 Timothy 3: Chapters on Prayer Cistercian Studies.

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You athxnasius, “The one true church is not simply one pantheistic blob of like-minded robots. The comment was one made by my professor. Repentance, for example, is enjoined repeatedly; but to repent means to leave off sinning, and it is the Psalms that show you how to set about repenting and with what words your penitence may be expressed. Well, it is clear from lettee Bible! After a very detailed explanation of how the Psalms can be applied to various occasions, Athanasius notes: It must be be argued that Irenaeus does not think that the Church’s interpretations of Scripture in received oral tradition and councils are conscience-binding.

Hey Brian, thanks for the comment.

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Who wants to be part of a meddling nanny-Church that wants to tell you when to eat, when not to eat, when not to eat it, etc.? How Sufficient are the Furthermore, the old man ends up excluding the Apocrypha letrer books fairly plainly by after discussing only the canonical works stating: There is NO guarantee to any doctrine to His flock. After some brief Scriptural demonstration, Athanasius continues to emphasize how the Psalms are intended to be read, understood, and taken personally by the individual reader: In all, the letter is a very rich work.


Protestants may not agree on everything, but the one thing that IS almost universally agreed upon is that Rome’s heirarchical system, sacraments, and other accretions are very far from Scriptural. July 13, at 6: Yet Athanasius follows this passage with another of the same kind. The Author of My Faith: Because Scripture must be interpreted, and because Scripture cannot interpret itself by itself, it follows that some person or persons must interpret Scripture if Scripture is to function as an authority.

It is beyond the scope of my comment to discuss this further, but I can elaborate if you so wish, kind sir. One other thing to note is that Athanasius followed the Hebrew numbering of the Psalms, rather than that provided in athamasius Septuagint.

Both agree that Scripture is the sole infallible rule of faith and practice that provides all the content of Christian teaching.

I read this book when I was a seminarian in Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The Letter to Marcellinus can be a bit tedious for the average reader, but for the serious scholar of the Psalms, I have never read anything more extensive in comparison. Ships from and sold by Athansius. Back The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Letter to Marcellinus is an introduction to the spiritual sense of the Psalms. Write a customer review. It seems to me, moreover, that because the Psalms thus serve him who sings them as a mirror, wherein he sees himself and his own soul, he cannot help but render them in such a manner that their lettrr go home with equal force to those who hear him sing, and stir them also to a like reaction.

By infallible I mean not just totally factually correct, but 1 incapable of error and 2 having an unqualified divine conscience-binding normativity.

With this book, however, though one does read the prophecies about the Saviour in that way, with reverence and with awe, in the case of all the other Psalms it is as though it were one’s own words that one read; and anyone who hears them is moved at heart, as though they voiced for him his deepest thoughts.