Taking a radical new approach to second-century theology, 'Ancient Apologetic Exegesis' examines the work of Saint Theophilus of Antioch, with a full understanding of the man and his times. The second century is often dismissed by theologians, despite a near-living memory of Jesus and his apostles from only a generation or two prior, but Stuart E. Parsons shows that a distinctive biblical exegesis was used by those second-century apologists who challenged Greco-Roman pagan religionists. Current literature misunderstands second-century exegetical approaches, but by looking behind anachronistic views of ancient genre, literacy, and rhetoric, we can rediscover a forgotten form of early Christian exegesis.
Stuart E. Parsons is chair of the Church Ministries Department and a member of the Bible and Theology faculty at Trinity College of Florida.
Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations 1 Theophilus and His Life with Scripture 2 Scripture and a Forgotten Genre 3 Scripture and a Forgotten Orality 4 Scripture and a Forgotten Coherence 5 Scriptural Anthologies and Testimonia (Excursus) Epilogue Appendix 1: Methodological Notes Appendix 2: Scripture Usage Tables Bibliography Ancient Document Index Modern Authors Index