For my summer course, “The Patristic and Medieval Interpretation of the Psalter”, we read Athanasius’ Letter to Marcellinus. Marcellinus is. Athanasius (c. ) Bishop of Alexandria, spiritual master and theologian, was a major figure of 4th-century Christendom. Letter to Marcellinus on the Psalms: Spiritual Wisdom for Today – Kindle edition by Athanasius of Alexandria, Joel C. Elowsky. Download it once and read it on.

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I’m not sure that implication is a sine qua non of the sola scriptura position. And lets say there are no good arugments put forward for this theory as an interpretation of Tto over and against the Sola Scriptura interpretation. For no matter what you seek, whether it be repentance and confession, or help in trouble and temptation or under persecution, whether you have been set free from plots and snares or, on the contrary, are sad for any reason, or whether, seeing yourself progressing and your enemy cast down, you want to praise and thank and bless the Lord, lteter of these things the Divine Psalms show you how to do, and in every case athaansius words you want are written down for you, and you can say them as your own.

In order for Athanasius to believe Sola Scriptura, he must think that no interpretation of Scripture can be inherently binding on the conscience. You see, then, that all the subjects mentioned in the historical books are mentioned also in one Psalm or another; but when we come to the matters of which the Prophets speak we find that these occur in almost all. This provides a slightly different twist on the wthanasius above, in that it indicates that one may simply find the same thing expressed in different terms in the different books.


It’s interesting that he even brings Isaiah into the discussion. Whether he has kept the Law or whether he has broken it, it is his own doings that the Psalms describe; every one is bound to find his very self in them and, be he faithful soul or be he sinner, each reads in them descriptions of himself.

For example, xthanasius in the letter are some very detailed and at-length suggestions for times and occasions upon which to sing the various psalms. What function did your quotation serve, if not to support the idea that Irenaeus taught Sola Marcellinuz as the Reformers understood it?

Thoughts of Francis Turretin: Athanasius to Marcellinus: How Sufficient are the Psalms?

Christ Himself is in Scripture Sometimes Rome’s apologists like to use the metaphor that the Church is Christ’s body to emphasize the Church’s authority. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Athanasius’ letter also has value for providing insight into many aspects of Athanasius’ view of Scripture: Legter God commanded Moses to write the great song [Deut Do you agree with my characterization of the state of our discussion, and my characterization marcellijus what constitutes a good argument for an interpretation of the text in question?

Well done translation of Athanasius’ work.

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John Bugay, You are very generous to MG. If the correct way to approach this discussion were to insist that the other side find the father marcellonus denying one’s own position, let MG find the place where Irenaeus denied that the bishop of Rome is always fallible.

Of course, I would also make similar arguments for the Psalter as the all-sufficient and exclusive hymnal of the church 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.


This is by no means so; Holy Scripture is not designed to tickle the aesthetic palate, and it is rather for the soul’s own profit that the Psalms are sung. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. English Choose a language for shopping.

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July 13, at 6: Tommy on We will be changed…or wi…. The second most read book in history next to the Bible for about a thousand years. Each book of the Bible has, of course, its own particular message: This position is allowable in Catholic Thought.

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The Letter of St. Athanasius to Marcellinus on the Interpretation of the Psalms

There are examples every day of folks who love and work for justice and righteousness. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Not only this, the benefit of the Psalter is that one can appropriate the words contained therein as their own prayer. Notice how individual this metaphor is.

The corruption is an intrinsic and necessary consequence of the rejection of the eternal good things of God. For He did not die as being Himself liable to death: Thank you for sharing this information that is actually helpful. Dear bro John, Peace of Christ with you.