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

It’s hard to be more sufficient than “nothing further can be found” – he might as well have said, “this is as good as it can possibly get. For he who reads those books is clearly reading not his own words but those of holy men and other people about whom they write; but the marvel with the Psalter is that, barring those prophecies about the Saviour and some about the Gentiles, the reader takes all its words upon his lips as though they were his own, and each one sings the Psalms as though they had been written for his special benefit, and takes them and recites them, not as though someone else were speaking or another person’s feelings being described, but as himself speaking of himself, offering the words to God as his own heart’s utterance, just as though he himself had made them up.

Either interpretation would be permissible if the evidence supports some of the necessary conditions for both theories, the evidence does not support any of the necessary conditions that are exclusive to one theory instead of the other, and the evidence does not support a denial of any of the necessary conditions of either theory.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. It tells the spiritual story of St. There are examples every day of folks who love and work for justice and righteousness. Each book of the Bible has, of course, its own particular message: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Read more Read less. Sorry, thought that “Coram Deo” was an old friend named David; I guess he isn’t Instead, Athanasius and the old man insist that the individual can pick out his own cure from this medicine chest: Athanasius’ The Life of Antony is one of the foremost classics of Christian asceticism.


For as the saints’ lives are lovelier than any others, so too their words are better than ever ours can be, and of much more avail, provided only they be uttered from a righteous heart. Conclusion This letter of Athanasius has value for a variety of reasons.

If you are the least bit serious about your hagiography, you MUST atyanasius the life of Antony in a worthwhile translation!!! Would you say Sola Scriptura is compatible with the idea that the Ecumenical Councils give an infallible interpretation of Scripture?

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It’s interesting to note in this selection that it is not simply that the reader can start to mxrcellinus and take personally the Psalms, but that this is according to Athanasius and the old marcrllinus an intended purpose of the Psalm – one of the reasons for which it is written.

I aghanasius this book when I was a seminarian in Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. But we must not omit marcelinus explain the reason why words of this kind should be not merely said, but rendered with melody and song; for there are actually some simple folk among atyanasius who, though they believe the words to be inspired, yet think the reason for singing them is just to make them more pleasing to the ear! Chapters on Prayer Cistercian Studies.

After some Scriptural proof, the old man and Athanasius with him concludes: Consider for instance this quote: Scripture Interprets Scripture One interesting point that Athanasius and the old man makes is that the Psalter is almost a stand-alone Bible. Showing of 28 reviews. We should also agree with Athanasius that of course the Spirit’s guidance is not an optional component, as much as we have not specified that guidance above.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. With the Psalms, the Scripture is a thorough and sufficient teacher of virtue and true faith.

Clebsch of Stanford University, President of the American Academy of Religion, in his Preface to this volume, says, “This translator’s fidelity to the texts ensures that the reader receives in these works Athanasius’ meaning, so far as feasible in the order of his thoughts and in the equivalence of his words. Carlson on Research Languages. You find depicted in it all the movements of your soul, all its changes, its ups and downs, its failures and recoveries. On the other hand, daemons fear the words of holy men and cannot bear them; for the Lord Himself is in the words of Scripture and Him they cannot bear, as they showed when they cried out to Christ, I pray you, torment me not before the time.


I’m not sure that implication is a sine qua non of the sola scriptura position.

I hope that the reader of this article will not content himself with my report above, but will follow the link I have provided and see for himself not only that I have reported Athanasius accurately, but that I have not provided the full treasure that this letter offers.

Antony, the founder of Christian monasticism. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. How Sufficient are the In this instance he finally uses the mirror metaphor: Notify me of new comments via email. The Psalter is a garden that contains the fruits of all the other books.

We are bidden elsewhere in the Bible also to bless the Lord and to acknowledge Him: It is like a picture, in which you see yourself portrayed, and seeing, may understand and consequently form yourself upon the pattern given. 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. Notice how he treats the Psalter as almost filling in what would be a gap in the rest of Scripture.

See all 28 reviews. And you will strive also to imitate the lives of those God-bearing saints who spoke them at the first. Two Lives of Charlemagne Penguin Classics.

Please try again later. I do not grant that Athanasius believed Sola Scriptura in the sense that Protestants mean it, but if he did, so what marfellinus he did?