By Michael Graves
Developed in gentle of modern Patristic scholarship, advert Fontes volumes will offer a consultant sampling of theological contributions from either East and West. The sequence goals to supply volumes which are suitable for a number of classes: from creation to theology to periods on doctrine and the improvement of Christian suggestion. The objective of every quantity isn't really to be exhaustive, yet really consultant adequate to indicate for a non-specialist viewers the multivalent personality of early Christian concept, permitting readers to determine how and why early Christian doctrine and perform built how it did.
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Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church (Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources) by Michael Graves