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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Instead, Athanasius insists that if Marcellinus has the Spirit he will, by intelligent study, grasp the meaning of each of the Psalms. Never will such a man be shaken from the truth, but those who try to trick and lead him into error he will refute; and it is no human teacher who promises us this, but the Divine Scripture itself.

Tuesday, March 16, Athanasius to Marcellinus: Through the polyphony of the texts a single harmonious melody will sound in us, praising in hymns the God who made everything. Athanasius comes back to this garden theme toward the end of the letter as well, when Athanasius writes: Therefore Paul justly praises the Corinthians, because their opinions were in accordance with his traditions.

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

I read this book when I was a seminarian in A athansius way to understand a historic book about a time far removed from our own, yet one that offers a richness to the spiritual life rarely found in today’s writings. Athanasius even goes further and compares Scriptures a teacher to mere human teachers: Written at the request of the desert monks of Egypt to provide “an ideal pattern of the ascetical life,” it immediately became astonishingly popular.

Either interpretation would magcellinus permissible if the evidence supports some of the necessary conditions for both theories, the evidence does not support any of the necessary conditions that are exclusive to one theory instead of the other, and the evidence does not support a denial of any of the necessary conditions of either theory. God didn’t call people to gather and align with similar beliefs but rather He called His people to a society, what we called the Church.


Notice that Athanasius claims that “the Lord Himself is in the words of Scripture,” which is as strong a claim as one can make about them. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In other words, no one or no letter can obligate us to believe or do certain things in virtue of their own authoritative role as interpreter of Scripture if Sola Scriptura is true.

It was a great benefit to read this book.

The single voice is the explanation, of course, for the single common interpretation. Marcellinus is probably a monk, perhaps a Deacon in Alexandria, who is undergoing some athajasius of sickness and wants to use his time to study the Psalms. How Sufficient are the Psalms?

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The Letter to Marcellinus can be a bit tedious for the average reader, but for the serious scholar of the Psalms, I have never read anything more extensive in comparison. Athanasius seems to hold a similar view. One other thing to note is that Athanasius followed the Hebrew mqrcellinus of the Psalms, rather than that provided in the Septuagint.

After a brief passage on the canon of Scripture which we discuss below under the issue of the canonAthanasius explains: Otherwise everything that Irenaeus says is perfectly compatible with the doctrine of prima Scriptura. If everyone is their own authority, nobody can claim authoritative authority because everyone can not claim their authority is higher than anybody else thus result in subjectivism relativism For the proper interpretation to occur it can not come from within either the person reading the text or the text itself, it can only derive correct interpretation and thus doctrine from text in the objective sense if being properly taught the Scripture in the context of Apostolic Tradition.


Share your thoughts with other customers. Yet Athanasius follows this passage with another of the same kind. Son of the Fathers. Thus, for Athanasius, the Scriptures themselves are a teacher and the best possible teacher.

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

The issue of the conscience-binding authority of the atnanasius of hierarchs is different from the issue of whether or not private study of Scripture benefits the individual. That’s not the only place that Athanasius mentions this theme – he repeats it slightly later on: A very easy read. If one can only offer evidence that Irenaeus believed some of the ideas that are necessary for someone to affirm for belief in Sola Scriptura, but one lacks evidence that he affirmed more of the ideas that are necessary conditions for athajasius truth of Sola Scriptura than some other doctrine, then we would only have an argument that he lettr some, not all, of the parts of the definition of Sola Scriptura.

What function did your quotation serve, if not to support the idea that Irenaeus taught Sola Scriptura as the Reformers understood it? No one must allow himself to be persuaded, by any arguments what-ever, to decorate the Psalms with extraneous matter or make alterations in their order or change the words them-selves.

What does that prove exactely?