Reading Scripture Like the Early Church

Seven Insights from the Church Fathers to Help You Understand the Bible

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In this brief yet penetrating book, Dr. James Papandrea reveals what the early Church Fathers actually taught and believed about the Holy Scriptures as well as how they read, understood, and interpreted the Word of God. He explains the process by which the books of the Bible were selected and demonstrates the harmoniousness and complementarity of the Gospels.

With Dr. Papandrea’s guidance, you will see how Scripture attests to the truth of the sacraments, Catholic doctrines, and the hierarchy of the Church founded by Christ. You will come to understand how the Church Fathers differentiated the “literal” and “figurative” interpretations of Scripture (it will likely surprise you!). You’ll come to appreciate as never before the multiple layers of biblical meaning, from the historical and prophetic to the allegorical, apocalyptic, eschatological, and typological.Dr. Papandrea further explains:

  • How Scripture was written and why the Bible is infallible and reliable
  • What is meant by “divine inspiration”
  • Why revelation is dynamic and why authentic scriptural interpretation cannot contradict doctrine
  • How our approach to reading the Old Testament differs from that of reading the New
  • The spiritual senses of Scripture and how the Old Testament is fulfilled in Christ
  • The importance of understanding the fullness of Scripture and the dangers in taking passages out of context

In addition, Dr. Papandrea provides tips for biblical interpretation and advice on how to choose the most accurate Bible translation. Most significantly, you will recognize how reading Scripture is a relational exercise that helps you encounter our Lord in His divinity and His humanity and enter into the mystery of salvation.

  • Pages: 224
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-481-8
  • Product Code: 4818
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2022
  • Categories: By Title, Church History, Upcoming Releases
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Great for classes, faith groups, and personal use
Very accessible and a great resource for the average person looking to grow in knowledge and love of Scripture. Well researched and helpful to understand and defend our faith with relevant words from early Christians.
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