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Essays during this quantity speak about the early historical past of the church, gnostic spirituality, monasticism, the good fathers, sosteriology, the Trinity, anthropology, grace, Christian artwork, the sacraments, prayer and non secular tips.

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None can possess the Spirit as an individual, but only as a member of the community. When the Spirit blows the result is never to create good individual Christians but members of a community. This became fundamental for Christian spirituality in the New Testament and was in direct line with the Old Testament mentality. The Church Because the Spirit was regarded as "communion" and the gifts of the Spirit by nature corporate, the era of the Spirit, in which the Christians lived as they expected the parousia, was in a profound sense the era of the church, the community of those who were incorporated as one body into Christ and prayed to God in and through--or even as--the one risen Christ.

Steinmetz David C. "The Superiority of Pre-Critical Exegesis". Theology Today 37 ( 1980) 27-38. Contrasts the multiple-sense theory of the ancients with the single-sense theory of modern historical criticism and concludes that the earlier theory was more adequate even if its practice left much to be desired. , and Raymond E. Brown. "Canonicity". In The Jerome Biblical Commentary, 2:515-34. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1968. Treats the topic both historically and theoretically. -20- Part One PERIODS AND MOVEMENTS -21- 2 The Early Christian Community JOHN D.

H. Parker, 1848. -19- -----. Homilies on the Gospel of St. John. Translated by Sister Thomas Aquinas Goggin. Fathers 33, 41. 1957, 1960. Origen. Commentaries of Origen. Edited by Allan Menzies. ANF 10. Includes his commentaries on Matthew and on John. -----. On First Principles. Translated by G. W. Butterworth. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1966. -----. The Song of Songs: Commentary and Homilies. Translated by R. P. Lawson. ACW 26. 1957. Studies Barrett C. K. "The Interpretation of the Old Testament in the New".

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