Michael Graves – Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church

How did Christians in the first four centuries after Jesus Christ’s life read and interpret both the Bible and extra-biblical sources? Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church is part of Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources, a series designed to present ancient Christian texts essential to an understanding of Christian theology, ecclesiology, and practice. Christianity has been inescapably ritualistic, uncompromisingly moral, and apologetically intellectual. A large and diverse company of thinkers and personalities from both the western and Eastern part of the Christian church is presented in this book.

An introduction to each of the Church fathers, theologians, practitioners and thinkers from AD 100-700 like Justin Martyr, Origen of Alexandria , John Chrysostom, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Jerome. A selection from their texts in English introduces you to their works, and line of thinking. If you’re interested in more of one or more authors, you’ll need to dig for good translations of complete works.

About the author
Michael Graves is Armerding Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, where he teaches courses in Hebrew Bible and Old Testament. He has done extensive research in patristic and rabbinic biblical interpretations. His many publications include, The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us and the translation of Jerome: Commentary on Jeremiah.

I received a free review copy from publisher Fortress Press via Edelweiss in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.