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Gerald L. Bray is Research Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama). He is the author of numerous books including God Is Love. God Has Spoken, and Biblical Interpretation: Past and Present.

Obres de Gerald Bray

Galatians, Ephesians (2011) 206 exemplars
Creeds, Councils, and Christ (1702) 172 exemplars
Always Reforming: Explorations in Systematic Theology (2006) — Col·laborador — 166 exemplars
Personal God, The (1998) 35 exemplars
Heresy, Schism and Apostasy (2008) 14 exemplars
Steps Of Understanding (1998) 14 exemplars
The Oath of Canonical Obediance (2004) 13 exemplars
Knowing Jesus (1986) 8 exemplars
Synods (Latimer Studies) (2019) 6 exemplars
The Development of the Canons (2021) 3 exemplars
Creo en un solo Dios (2018) 3 exemplars
Institution of a Christian Man (2018) 3 exemplars
História Da Teologia Cristã (2017) 2 exemplars
Records of Convocation (2006) 1 exemplars
1 & 2 Corinthians 1 exemplars
Teu é o reino 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Church (1995) — Editor, algunes edicions1,113 exemplars
Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (2005) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions529 exemplars
John Calvin and His Passion for the Majesty of God (2008) — Pròleg, algunes edicions306 exemplars
Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation (2004) — Col·laborador — 178 exemplars
The Deity of Christ (Theology in Community) (2011) — Col·laborador — 129 exemplars
The Way Forward?: Christian Voices on Homosexuality and the Church (1997) — Col·laborador — 75 exemplars
The Blackwell Companion to Protestantism (2004) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
The New Cambridge History of the Bible: Volume 2, From 600 to 1450 (2012) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars


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Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Seminary professor
Church historian



The biggest lesson we can learn from the church fathers is that the Bible is a coherent message from God, proclaiming a worldview that is diametrically opposed to all human philosophies and religions.
kijabi1 | May 11, 2022 |
While the content of the book was relatively solid, Bray is not a particularly engaging writer. More, while the book as a reference was probably relatively valuable in 1996 when it was published, with the advent of the internet, most of the reference-type material has been obviated. This one won't be staying on my shelf.
chriskrycho | Mar 30, 2013 |
This book was originally published in 1984, and I'm very glad that Christian Focus has reprinted it.

It is a wonderful presentation of and argument for the appreciation of the development of the fundamental doctrines that are rightly called orthodoxy. In a detailed survey over 7 chapters it is at once history, theology and critique. It is full of detail, but not in any way bloated. It is erudite but not showy. I'd see it as a book a first year student should read, but clearly he is writing for a present church in need of getting its historical and theological bearings - so the audience is anyone with a role in teaching, and many more besides. The loss in much of the church of a commitment to doctrine that is not doctrinaire is perhaps so serious that only the godly display of the fruit of knowing God in such a deeply informed way as Bray presents is antidote.

Those looking for an introduction to the first 6 or so centuries will be greatly assisted. From the developments of this period, Bray argues for the place of theology in the life of the church, describes its connection to the Bible texts themselves, explains the interactions between expanding Christianity and the world which it encountered and evangelised, examines the development of the creeds under the heading of the Rule of Faith (a term now rarely heard, sadly), portrays the rapidly changing political scene and its significance for Christian faith and thought, charts the movement from theology to Christology and concludes with a loving exposition of the thought behind what we know as the Athanasian Creed. The last chapter seeks to join the dots from the early period to ours, making a suggestion or two for how the light of that past can illuminate the issues of our day.

The appendices are also valuable, containing critique of modern translations of the creeds as well as Greek and Latin texts of the key documents. Notes give short lists of further reading for each chapter.

It's a little like the TARDIS - bigger on the inside that its slim exterior would suggest - and good reading for any and every minister of the Gospel.
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FergusS | Mar 25, 2011 |
A compilation of comments directly on Paul's letter to the Romans-- or inspired by the letter-- from patristic literature from the second through eighth centuries.

Most of the comments come from Origen, Ambrosiaster, Chrysostom, Augustine, and Pelagius. The eastern fathers are fairly well represented also.

The compilation is nicely laid out. The substance highlights the disputes over interpretation of Romans that developed over the first few centuries. Nevertheless, many comments are quite pointed and do well at making sense of Paul in his context.

Worthy of consideration when studying Romans.
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