New Books Day, pt 5

I feel awkward writing about getting new books after my last couple posts against consumerism. But, it does make me feel better that these are for a class and so “needed” in some sense.

  • Spiritual Care by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Historical IV: Modern Church)
  • Dragon’s Wine and Angel’s Bread: The Teaching of Evagrius Ponticus on Anger and Meeknessby Gabriel Bunge (Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church)
  • The Lord’s Prayer: A Text in Tradition by Kenneth W. Stevenson (Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church)

I’ve started reading the last one (The Lord’s Prayer) and have found it to be a very interesting and insightful study of the appropriate of the Lord’s Prayer by the Christian community. It’s also challenging some assumptions I had about the prayer, specifically that it was primarily a liturgical/community type prayer. It appears from the earliest evidence that it was probably a popular prayer (as in Tertullian) that was later merged into the worship of the Church (as in Cyprian, who was actually the first one to call it the Lords’ Prayer). I look forward to reading more of it.

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