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The Bishop and the Apostle: Cyprian's Pastoral Exegesis of Paul

Murphy, Edwina (2018) The Bishop and the Apostle: Cyprian's Pastoral Exegesis of Paul. De Gruyter, Berlin. 229pp. ISBN 9783110601039

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Abstract

This study examines how Cyprian of Carthage, the most significant bishop in the early Latin tradition, appropriates the canonical Paul. Cyprian, like Paul, is a pastoral theologian, so his pastoral concerns provide a helpful lens through which to study his use of the apostle. These include divine truth and eternal glory; the church’s unity, ministry and sacraments; discipline and repentance; and wealth and welfare. Examining Cyprian’s use of Paul in these areas allows us to move beyond a simple literal/allegorical paradigm to appreciate the wide range of reading strategies used by Cyprian: model, image, maxim, title, contextual exegesis, direct application, prophetic fulfilment and qualification. It also provides a different perspective on Paul than the one arrived at by privileging a handful of texts. This study of Cyprian’s appropriation of Pauline texts therefore illuminates the interplay between text, context and theology in his exegesis. It also deepens our understanding of the early North African hermeneutical tradition and the early reception of Paul.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Latin Christianity, Patristic exegesis, Hermeneutics, Early Christian Theology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 02:18
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 02:18
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3561

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