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The Old Testament as Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East

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Edited By Vahan Hovhanessian

The Old Testament as Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East represents the latest scholarly research in the field of Old Testament as Scripture in Eastern Christianity. Its twelve articles focus on the use of the Old Testament in the earliest Christian communities in the East. The collection explores the authoritative role of the Old Testament in the churches of the East and its impact on the church’s doctrine, liturgy, canon law, and spirituality.

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Preface ................................................................................................................ vii Abbreviations ...................................................................................................... ix Introduction ......................................................................................................... 1 Nicolae Roddy Son of Man, Son of God: Aphrahat’s Biblical Christology ................................ 9 J. Edward Walters Ephraem the Syrian and the Authority of the Old Testament Writings ......... 19 Merja Merras Levitical Paradigms for Christian Bishops: The Old Testament Influence on Origen of Alexandria ........................... 25 Bryan A. Stewart Leviticus between Fifth-Century Jerusalem and Ninth-Century Merv ............. 35 Mark W. Elliott The Holy Spirit in Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Isaiah .................... 43 David Kneip Winking at Jonah Narsai’s Interpretation of Jonah for the Church of the East .......................................................................... 51 Robert A. Kitchen A Syriac Tract for the “Explanation” of Hebrew and Foreign Words ............. 57 Jonathan Loopstra •CONTENTS• vi Does the Orthodox Lectionary Subvert the Gospel? The Pericope of the Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen (Matt 21:36–46) ................... 65 Nicolae Roddy A Question for the Audience: The Prokeimenon and Poetics in Eastern Liturgy......................................... 73 Timothy Scott Clark Grand Entrance: Entrance into Worship as Rhetorical Invitation and Liturgical Precedent in the Older Testament ............................................. 79 Edith M. Humphrey The Use of the Old Testament in the Syrian Christian Traditions of India ... 91 Rajkumar Boaz Johnson Notes ................................................................................................................. 107 Bibliography ..................................................................................................... 131 Index ................................................................................................................. 133

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