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Scripture, the Genesis of Doctrine

Doctrine and Scripture in Early Christianity, Vol 1.
  • By Frances M. Young
  • Foreword by David F. Ford
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How did we get from Scripture to creed?

Historical criticism has revealed a gap between Scripture and the mainstream doctrines that define Christianity today. Not the least of these are the Trinity and two natures of Christ--widely accepted since the fifth century, but unfounded in historical readings of Scripture. How did these dogmas become so integral to the faith in the first place?

Frances M. Young tackles this monumental question in a culmination of decades of biblical and patristic research. The first of two volumes exploring the emergence of doctrine in the early church, Scripture, the Genesis of Doctrine reframes the relationship between Scripture and doctrine according to the intellectual context of the first few centuries CE. Young situates the early Christians' biblical hermeneutic within the context of Greco-Roman learning without espousing historical relativism. Ultimately, Young argues that the scriptural canon and the rule of faith emerged concurrently in the early Church, and both were received as apostolic. The perceived gap between the two may in fact be the product of our modern assumptions rather than an ancient reality.

Nuanced and ecumenical, Scripture, the Genesis of Doctrine explores early Christians' biblical hermeneutic, with an eye toward how we interpret the Bible today. Young's magisterial study holds widespread implications for not only patristics but also exegesis and systematic theology.

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    • SKU: 9780802882981
    • Manufacturer: William B Eerdmans Pub Co
    • ISBN 13: 9780802882981
    • Publication Date: 10/19/2023
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: David F. Ford
    • Author: Frances M. Young

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