Fortress Press

Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church

Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church

Michael Graves (Editor)


Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church is part of Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources, a series designed to present ancient Christian texts essential to an understanding of Christian theology, ecclesiology, and practice. The books in the series will make the wealth of early Christian thought available to new generations of students of theology and provide a valuable resource for the Church. This volume focuses on how Scripture was interpreted and used for preaching, teaching, apologetics, and worship by early Christian scholars and church leaders.

Developed in light of recent Patristic scholarship, Ad Fontes volumes will provide a representative sampling of key sources from both East and West that illustrate early Christian thought and practice. The series aims to provide volumes that are relevant for a variety of courses, including classes on theology, biblical interpretation, and church history. The goal of each volume is not to be exhaustive, but rather representative enough to denote for a non-specialist audience the multivalent character of early Christian thought, allowing readers to see how and why early Christian doctrine and practice developed the way it did.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451496376
  • eBook ISBN 9781506425603
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 330
  • Publication Date May 1, 2017


Reviewed in New Testament Abstracts 61.2 (2017)


An excellent resource for the classroom

“Michael Graves has produced a wide-ranging and richly annotated selection of source texts that will help orient students and teachers to the world of early Christian biblical interpretation. This is an excellent resource for the classroom.”

Peter Martens | Saint Louis University

Graves proves himself here to be a worthy disciple of the great Adam Kamesar.

“Michael Graves is linguistically qualified to introduce these samples of patristic exegesis of the Old Testament, showing himself to be a careful and competent annotator who is conversant in contemporary theological literature. Graves recognizes the limited value of many common generalizations of Patristic exegesis and finds the antidote to be exposing readers extensively to primary texts. Graves proves himself here to be a worthy disciple of the great Adam Kamesar.”

Thomas P. Scheck | Ave Maria University