For my summer course, “The Patristic and Medieval Interpretation of the Psalter”, we read Athanasius’ Letter to Marcellinus. Marcellinus is. Athanasius (c. ) Bishop of Alexandria, spiritual master and theologian, was a major figure of 4th-century Christendom. Letter to Marcellinus on the Psalms: Spiritual Wisdom for Today – Kindle edition by Athanasius of Alexandria, Joel C. Elowsky. Download it once and read it on.

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The Letter of St. Athanasius to Marcellinus on the Interpretation of the Psalms

For in fact he who hears the one reading receives the song that is recited as being about him, and either, when he is convicted by his conscience, being pierced, he will repent, or hearing of the hope that resides in God, and of the succor available to believers-how this kind of grace exists for him-he exults and begins to give thanks to God. As the Bishop of Alexandria, spiritual master and theologian, he led the Marcellinnus in its battle against the Arian heresy.

Athanasius’ The Life of Antony is one of the foremost classics matcellinus Christian asceticism. It tells the spiritual story athanasjus St. Antony, the founder of Christian monasticism. Atyanasius at the request of the desert monks of Ho to provide “an ideal pattern of the ascetical life,” it immediately became astonishingly popular.

This work contributed greatly to the establishment of monastic life in Western Christianity. From a literary perspective, it created a new Christian genre for the lives of saints. The Letter to Marcellinus is an introduction to the spiritual sense of the Psalms.

The Psalms are presented as a variety of attitudes lefter coexist in a truly harmonious and whole sense of prayer. Clebsch of Stanford University, President of the American Academy of Religion, in his Preface to this volume, says, “This translator’s fidelity to the texts ensures that athanasiux reader receives in these works Athanasius’ meaning, so far as feasible in the order of his thoughts and in the equivalence of his words.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Chapters on Prayer Cistercian Studies. Two Lives of Charlemagne Penguin Classics. Saint Athanasius Popular Patristics. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention letter to marcellinus life of antony great book read this book early church antony written athanasius god christian psalms spiritual desert anthony became holy monastic incarnation monasticism wrote age.

Showing of 28 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I read this book when I was a seminarian in But, must be honest and say that I didn’t have the maturity to understand desert spirituality then. Heck, I was only 22 years old. And, I was only beginning to understand myself.

But, now, at age 60 and having done a lot more interior work psychologically, and in spiritual direction, I wish God would raise up more Anthony’s, and also the desert mothers who sought refuge to be in the Presence of our Lord.

These folks, and their witness could have an immensely positive impact on a society which is confused, lost, becoming morally bankrupt, greedy, and, you fill in the blank. Having said that, I’m not saying that our culture is totally destitute of morality. There are examples every day of folks who love and work for justice and righteousness. They don’t always make the news, which is sad. If you are the least bit serious about your hagiography, you MUST read the life of Antony in a worthwhile translation!!!


The Letter to Marcellinus can be a bit tedious for the average reader, but for the serious scholar of the Psalms, I have never read anything more extensive in comparison. A marvelous way to understand a historic book about a time far removed from our own, yet one that offers a richness to the spiritual life rarely found in today’s writings. One person found this helpful.

Well done translation of Athanasius’ work.

The second most read book in history next to the Bible for about a thousand years. It does seem exaggerated or far fetched at some points, but still very inspiring and historically very important. I enjoyed reading this book. A very easy read. Ask St Antony of Egypt to protect you from evil. The Life of St. Antony was very uplifting and encouraging.

The Letter to Marcellinus really helped me view the Psalms in a different light. It was a great benefit to read this book. I highly recommend it to anyone searching for lstter understanding of the Christian life. See all 28 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run athanxsius giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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