ATHANASIUS LETTER TO MARCELLINUS PDF

Athanasius to Marcellinus: How Sufficient are the Psalms? Athanasius wrote a letter to Marcellinus regarding the Psalms full text. The substance here is that the Scriptures, but especially the book of Psalms, yields a treasure those who really study it. After a brief passage on the canon of Scripture which we discuss below under the issue of the canon , Athanasius explains: Each of these books, you see, is like a garden which grows one special kind of fruit; by contrast, the Psalter is a garden which, besides its special fruit, grows also some those of all the rest.

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Overall the series is excellent, written in a clear and interesting way, with excellent notes including on translation choices , indices, and suggestions for further reading. Athanasius was the twentieth bishop of Alexandria 2 May Athanasius was the twentieth bishop of Alexandria — 2 May As a theologian he is best known for his opposition to Arianism, the heresy that held that Jesus Christ was begotten by God the Father at a point in time rather than being co-eternal, and is distinct from and is subordinate to the Father.

He also wrote on monasticism and pastoral care. He is a Doctor of the Church. He refused to compromise out of political expediency and was exiled several times. On the Life of Antony quickly became a paradigm for the genre of hagiography. Key traits are "preternatural courage under trial and torment, visions foretelling the manner of death, hints of identity with Christ and of his dying in and with them [the martyrs], direct flight of the soul to heaven, and burial with veneration by fellows in the faith," according the Preface by William A.

Antony fought the devil. He quickly exhausted his strength, but by steps learning to rely more and more fully on Christ, becoming abjectly dependent and giving up his own agency but not his personal identity to become an agent of the divine. Athanasius called this salvation through deification theopoiesis: being raised by the deity above passion, purged and immaculate.

If it now happened that we were lords of all the earth, and renounced all the earth, that would amount to nothing as compared to the kingdom of heaven. The readying of Israel for the Messiah is an allegory for the readying of the human soul for salvation. Athanasius analyzes the various emotional states , crises, joys, and temptations of daily life and explains how the Psalms correspond and soothe different emotional states.

Even on the cross He did not hide Himself from sight; rather, He made all creation witness to the presence of its Maker.

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Athanasius: The Life of Antony and the Letter to Marcellinus (Classics of Western Spirituality)

Biography[ edit ] A statue of Athanasius in Catania , Sicily. Athanasius was born to a Christian family in the city of Alexandria [7] or possibly the nearby Nile Delta town of Damanhur sometime between the years and The earlier date is sometimes assigned due to the maturity revealed in his two earliest treatises Contra Gentes Against the Heathens and De Incarnatione On the Incarnation , which were admittedly written about the year before Arianism had begun to make itself felt, as those writings do not show an awareness of Arianism. Secondly, the Festal Epistles state that the Arians had accused Athanasius, among other charges, of not having yet attained the canonical age 30 and thus could not have been properly ordained as Patriarch of Alexandria in The accusation must have seemed plausible.

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Athanasius: The Life of Antony and the Letter to Marcellinus

Marcellinus is probably a monk, perhaps a Deacon in Alexandria, who is undergoing some sort of sickness and wants to use his time to study the Psalms. The Psalter is a garden that contains the fruits of all the other books. Not only this, the benefit of the Psalter is that one can appropriate the words contained therein as their own prayer. This appropriation acts as a mirror for the individual.

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Athanasius of Alexandria

Overall the series is excellent, written in a clear and interesting way, with excellent notes including on translation choices , indices, and suggestions for further reading. Athanasius was the twentieth bishop of Alexandria 2 May Athanasius was the twentieth bishop of Alexandria — 2 May As a theologian he is best known for his opposition to Arianism, the heresy that held that Jesus Christ was begotten by God the Father at a point in time rather than being co-eternal, and is distinct from and is subordinate to the Father. He also wrote on monasticism and pastoral care. He is a Doctor of the Church. He refused to compromise out of political expediency and was exiled several times.

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