Economou Christos, Theology of New Testament and Patristic Hermeneutic, P. Pournaras Press: Thessaloniki, 2001, pp. 536.
The volume is combined by fifteen studies, which are divided by the author into two categories: the first category contains historical and theological studies on the New Testament and the second one contains studies about the New Testament and the Patristic Hermeneutics.
The first article is dealing with the pneymatological character of Luke’s Gospel. The next three studies are about the role of Cypriots in the life of the primitive church and the propagation of the Gospel. The fourth study examines the contribution of the Hellenistic Christians to the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles and to the foundation of early communities. The fifth study evaluates the mission of Paul in Greece in the frame of the broader and wider missionary and theological plan of the Acts. The sixth study is about Paul’s mission to Philippi and the response of Philippians to his preaching. The seventh study is a comment on Acts 17,3 “that the Christ must have suffered and to have risen from the dead’ and the next study investigates the problem of historical reliability and the sources of the Acts and especially of its chapters 27-28.
The ninth study is dealing with the hermeneutical work of Theophylactos of Achris and with his contribution to some New Testament introductory issues. The tenth study examines the historical and the mystical experience as the main presuppositions for the interpretation of the Scripture according to Gregorios Palamas.
The next study presents the iconographical method of interpretation of the Gospels according to John Damascenes.
The twelfth study is about the globalization and its theological understanding and approach through Pauline theology. The next article is an answer to M. Androulakis’ book Mν, with significant theological comments on biblical themes and concerns.
The fourteenth study examines the influence of biblical texts and mainly those of New Testament on the national martyrs of Cyprus (1955-59) and the last one is about the contribution of Vasilios H. Ioannides to the educational reformatory activities of Alexandros P. Delmouzos.