Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture in the Church Fathers

Speaker(s): Hans Boersma
Date: Winter 2013
Length: 20h 54min
Product ID: RGDL4304S

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The past several decades have witnessed a resurgence of interest in spiritual or theological interpretation of Scripture. This resurgence goes hand in hand with a reappraisal of pre-modern approaches to biblical exegesis. This course explores the potential of spiritual interpretation in dialogue with the Church Fathers. In a spirit of congenial sympathy with the patristic outlook, this course traces how the Church Fathers ascend through the letter of the biblical text to the spiritual purpose of life in communion with the Triune God. Lectures include:

  • The Sacramental Ontology of Spiritual Interpretation
  • Time and Truth as Sacramental Realities
  • Reading Scripture with the Fathers
  • Reading the Creation Accounts ad litteramn
  • The Early Christian Appropriation of Passover
  • Origen: Joshua as Sacrament
  • Origen: From Joshua to Jesus
  • Harmonious Virtue: The Book of Psalms
  • Exegesis and Theology
  • Love and Desire: The Song of Songs as Allegory
  • Isaiah's Servant Songs as Prophecy
  • Real Participation in Virtue: Interpreting the Beatitudes

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Hans Boersma is the J. I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of several books, including Violence, Hospitality and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition, Nouvelle Theologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery, Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry, and Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach.

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