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Overview By examing the central role of the Old Testament played in the formation of Christian thinking in the early church, this new addition to the Evangelical Ressourcement series renews the church's understanding of the older testament for today.
Publishers Description The contemporary church dismisses Christianity's foundational Scriptures at its own peril. However, the teachings of the Old Testament are less and less at the center of congregational preaching and conversation. The early church fathers--visionaries such as Augustine, Origen, and Tertullian--embraced the Hebrew Scriptures, allowing the Old Testament to play a central role in the formation of their beliefs. As today's Christians struggle to relate to concepts such as the Jewish law and the prophets, pastors and laypersons benefit from looking through the lenses of these thoughtful pioneers. This latest volume in the Evangelical "Ressourcement "series helps the Old Covenant to come alive.
Citations And Professional Reviews Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church: Exploring the Formation of Early Christian Thought (Evangelical Ressourcement: Ancient Sources for the Church's Future) by Ronald E. Heine has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 09/15/2007 page 65
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series Evangelical Ressourcement
ISBN 0801027772 ISBN13 9780801027772
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More About Ronald E. Heine
Ronald E. Heine (PhD, University of Illinois) is professor of Bible and Christian ministry at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon. He is the author of Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church and several books on Origen.
Ronald E. Heine has an academic affiliation as follows - Professor of Bible and Theology Puget Sound Christian College, Washing.
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Yet another in a fantastic series Jun 16, 2008
In this thorough and scholarly addition to the Evangelical Ressourcement series, Prof. Heine provides deep insights into the Christian (and particularly Protestant) use of the Old Testament. The introduction is an interesting summary of how Protestant views of the Old Testament have developed since the reformation. Then, admitting the Protestant tendency to ignore developments that predate the reformation, Professor Heine guides us on a journey through the early church fathers and their use of the Old Testament. It is refreshing to see, in this entire series, an awakening within Protestant scholars to the vast wealth they once tended to ignore.
Overall, it is a fair and balanced study. But, it seems Professor Heine continues to cling to the idea of scripture as a sole authority outside the guidance of the church as interpreter. The entire series seems to suffer the same Evangelical Protestant assumptions. On the one hand they correctly identify the Church as our interpretative guide - and on the other they all continue to assert the concept of scripture alone. The contradiction seems obvious but is seldom addressed. The quotation from Jerome in this volume seems to fly in the face of those assumptions, "You are not able to enter into the Holy Scriptures without a guide to show you the way."
Overall, a great work and an important addition to the study of scripture. Very highly recommended. The curious student will also find the Yves Congar classic, The Meaning of Tradition very helpful in rounding out this topic.
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