Syriac and Antiochian Exegesis and Biblical Theology for the 3rd Millennium
Editor: Robert Miller
Contributing author: Angela Kim Harkins
Angela Kim Harkins is a contributing aurhor, "What do Syriac/Antiochene Exegesis and Textual Criticism Have to do with Theology?" Pages 151-187.
Book description: The observation that scholarly work on the Bible is of little use to theologians is the starting premise for this volume. As a possible solution to this impasse, the contributors explore the potential insights provided by a distinct tradition of biblical interpretation that has its roots in both the patristic School of Antioch and in the Syriac Fathers, such as Ephrem and Jacob of Sarug, and which has survived and developed in the Churches of the Antiochene Patrimony, such as the Maronite and Syriac. Some of the essays have a patristic focus, examining Aphrahat (Craig Morrison), Ephrem (Sidney Griffith), the 4th-century Book of Steps (Robert Kitchen), John Chrysostom (Paul Tarazi), and other Syriac fathers (Edward Mathews). Others engage with modern historical-critical method more directly (Angela Harkins, Stephen Ryan, Anthony Salim). Another still challenges the very assumption assumed by other contributors of an Antiochene “School” (John O’Keefe). The volume concludes with a series of responses from Paul Russell, Robert Miller, and Ronald Beshara, respectively, that consider the various essays from different angles. Here one of the key questions asked is whether biblical interpretation done “with Antioch” is relevant to the church today.
Harkins, Angela Kim (2008). “What do Syriac/Antiochene Exegesis and Textual Criticism Have to do with Theology?” Pages 151-187 IN Syriac and Antiochian Exegesis and Biblical Theology for the 3rd Millennium edited by Robert Miller. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press. Republication of the essay “Theological Attitudes towards the Scriptural Text: Lessons from the Syriac Exegetical Tradition and Qumran,” Theological Studies 67.3 (2006): 498-516.
Miller, Robert and Harkins, Angela Kim, "Syriac and Antiochian Exegesis and Biblical Theology for the 3rd Millennium" (2008). Religious Studies Faculty Book Gallery. 13.