I work as a researcher at the James P. Boyce Centennial Library. Recently, the staff compiled a list of suggested summer readings. We have three staff members involved in advanced New Testament studies, so I was given the task compiling texts in my other discipline of study.
Here are the books related to Early Christian Literature I suggested:
- Blowers, Paul M. “Patristic Interpretation.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation, edited by Steven L. McKenzie, 2:81–89. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Heffernan, Thomas J. The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Basil of Caesarea. On the Holy Spirit: St. Basil the Great. Edited by Stephen M. Hildebrand. Popular Patristics Series. Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimirs Seminary Press, 2011.
- Augustine. On Christian Teaching. Translated by R. P. H. Green. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2008.
- Wilken, Robert Louis. The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005.
- Ayres, Lewis. Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Origen. On First Principles. Translated by G. W. Butterworth. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2013.
- Haykin, Michael A.G. Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact. Early Church Fathers. Scotland, UK: Christian Focus, 2014.
- O’Keefe, John J., and R.R. Reno. Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 2005.
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