Mike Aquilina

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Friday May 26th 2006, 7:17 pm

There’s a hailstorm of patristic activity in Berkeley, California. Kevin at Biblicalia — who earlier today got our attention by posting the wisdom of Father Georges Florovsky — has just released his fresh translation of the first three chapters of St. Clement of Rome’s First Letter to the Corinthians. If you accept the arguments of John A.T. Robinson, Joseph Ratzinger, and Thomas Herron (out of print, but soon to be republished), you’re looking at a text written before 70 A.D.

Kevin commented here that we should be reading more of the Fathers and maybe less about them. And he’s right, of course — though some of us do need a longer ramp than others, and most of us need a much longer ramp than Kevin! But he’s going to make the reading as easy for us as he can. Never let it be said of Mr. Edgecomb and Biblicalia: “They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger” (Mt 23:4). Kevin’s moving ten fingers, for our sake, and at a rapid clip.

UPDATE: Kevin’s on a tear and has posted chapters 4-6 as well. Remember, it was a group of Californians who wrote “Life in the Fast Lane.”