Theodore is was the Bishop of Mopsuestia in the late 4th and early 5th centuries, a town in the vicinity of Antioch. He was a fellow student of the much more famous Chrysostom. He is a good representative of the interpretive method that Antioch is known for, more historical/grammatical/literal and less allegorical like their Alexandrian counterparts. He is (in)famous for his association with Nestorianism. Nestorianism’s namesake, Nestorius, was his pupil and became Archbishop of Constantinople in the year Theodore died. It was after Theodore’s death that Nestorius was condemned and Theodore with him.
Category: Church Fathers
So I was planning on starting to blog about Theophilus of Antioch, but that will wait. At the end of the week I received a request for comment about a bit of Greek from Epiphanius’ Panarion. Figured I would share about that.
For the last several Sundays I have been taking our adult morning study group through a survey of early Christianity. It has been a lot of fun. Also, I know there are some out there in the ether that are listening to the recordings, so I've been meaning to post the readings (and discussion questions when I have them)...and here they are (or were), including the readings I'm taking the group through this Sunday. I hope someone finds this beneficial.
Just saw this post over at The Way of the Fathers blog All of Migne? Not quite. But I'm glad to see it online.
Thanks for pointing it out, Mike.
Some friends and I are reading through Augustine's On Christian Doctrine together. It's a pretty interesting volume. This week we met to discuss book 2 which had quite a bit to say about the Septuagint (LXX). For easy reference, here are some interesting quotes. And just because it would be exceedingly annoying to actually type these in, I'm just going to copy from ccat, at least usually.
The title of the post was taken from this post over at godfearin.blogspot.com. It and its comment thread are definitely worth reading.
So I was checking out some of the materials on the most recent patristics carnival over at Hyperekperissou (by the way Phil, are you aware of this other hyperekperissou blog?). As you know I have a keen interest in the development of the canon and other things in early/archaic Christian history, so the the couple articles on the topic caught my eye. One is here and the other is here.
Today I read an interesting article from the latest issue of Themelios (which can be found here in PDF). Not only does it use a nice serif font for the article text (I wonder what it is) but the article itself is interesting. If you are interested in the early church's thinking on Christianity and violence, it is certainly worth your read.
I was reading in Irenaeus' Against Heresies last night and ran across this interesting little tidbit (you can read the text in context here):
Finished with my first reading of Τοις Εγκεκλεισμενοις Επισκοποις, "To the Imprisoned Bishops". I didn't find much of it difficult. It did take a while, however, simply because I was not familiar with much of the vocabulary.
Last time we talked about the text of chapter 1 of Ignatius' letter to the Ephesians. Now we'll talk about the ideas. To stir up your memory, here is the text:
There are a number of things one must do to become a great Christian thinker. One must study, be godly, and be able to communicate. But those criteria are easy to come up with, despite being hard to fulfill. Another criterion, much less appreciated, is the ability to insult
the idiots those of inferior thinking that you may be dealing with at the moment.