Reading Up or Reading Down?: Hospitable Readings in the Early Church

Speaker(s): Hans Boersma
Date: Summer 2016
Length: 1h 20m
Product ID: RGDL4602AC

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How should we respond when God comes knocking at our door? The story of the three visitors to Abraham at Mamre (Genesis 18) provides us with answers. The short answer is simply: 'hospitality.' The longer answer makes clear that when God appearsu2014at Mamre, in the Incarnation, and in the Christian Scripturesu2014we don't all react the same way. In this lecture, we look at how Origen (from Alexandria) and John Chrysostom (from Antioch) preached on God's appearance (theophany) to Abraham. Both church fathers extolled the practice of hospitality, but they certainly didn't understand it in identical ways.

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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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