Sunday, 3 May 2015

David Kneip: "The Spirit Cries Out": Athanasius, Didymus, and Cyril of Alexandria on a Pneumatic Voice in the Psalms

In light of the new translation of Athanasius's and Didymus's pneumatological treatises by Mark DelCogliano, Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, and Lewis Ayres, and also Matthew R. Crawford's recent study of Cyril's exegesis and its Trinitarian character and emphasis, it is appropriate to investigate further the attitude of these writers toward the role of the Spirit in the development of Scripture.  In fact, all three of these writers do not just see the Spirit as "inspiring" the Scripture in an indirect way, but rather that the Spirit is at least somewhat more directly involved in actively speaking some words of Scripture.  One of the places that all agree that the Spirit speaks is in the book of Psalms.  In this short communication we will discover examples and patterns of this type of speech and also consider reasons why the writers in question might have ascribed lines from the Psalms to the Spirit's voice.

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