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Topics in the Christian Literature and Thought of Late Antiquity: Themes - The Psalms in Patristic Interpretation

In this seminar, we shall look at Augustine’s interpretation of the Psalms, which came to dominate the way in which Western Christianity read the Psalms, and we shall compare his interpretation with that of the Antiochenes, Diodore of Tarsus and John Chrysostom. For Augustine, the Psalms are directly about Christ; for the Antiochenes they are historical documents that point to Christ. We shall look at the hermeneutical and theological principles that underlay their respective approaches to the interpretation of Scripture.

RELIGST 764

Topics in the Christian Literature and Thought of Late Antiquity: Themes - The Psalms in Patristic Interpretation

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes Language?: No

In this seminar, we shall look at Augustine’s interpretation of the Psalms, which came to dominate the way in which Western Christianity read the Psalms, and we shall compare his interpretation with that of the Antiochenes, Diodore of Tarsus and John Chrysostom. For Augustine, the Psalms are directly about Christ; for the Antiochenes they are historical documents that point to Christ. We shall look at the hermeneutical and theological principles that underlay their respective approaches to the interpretation of Scripture.


Peter Widdicombe

Associate Professor