The Lord's Prayer: A Survey Theological and Literary

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - 272 pages
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Throughout the history of Christendom, the Lord's Prayer has held a special place of honor. Nicholas Ayo's The Lord's Prayer presents a carefully detailed exposition of the Our Father as a text worthy of inspiring both mind and heart. Ayo's approach combines a word-by-word biblical and exegetical study and includes an anthology of patristic and modern commentary on the Lord's Prayer, drawn from Origen, Thomas Aquinas, Teresa of Avila, and Simone Weil, among others. In addition, he provides historical analysis, critical evaluation, and discussion of the deeper issues raised by the various interpretations of the Lord's Prayer. Finally, Ayo includes a personal meditation on the overall significance of this unique prayer in the spiritual life. The Lord's Prayer offers wisdom and meditative reflections valuable for study/classroom groups, as well as the individual seeking spiritual reading. It is a treasure for students of theology and spirituality, containing an invaluable analysis of Greek, Latin, and modern language versions of the Lord's Prayer, along with a bibliography of patristic commentaries and books in English. In short, this book is a definitive study of the exemplary prayer of the gospel.
 

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very well documented. Thoughtful, well written and a pleasue to read. Additionally, Ayo leaves all of the heart in place as he writes technically about the pray.

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Contents

OUR FATHER
19
WHO ART IN HEAVEN
27
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
29
THY KINGDOM COME
35
THY WILL BE DONE
39
ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
43
THE THOUPETITIONS
47
The WePetitions
49
GREGORY OF NYSSA
119
MAXIMUS THE CONFESSOR
125
THOMAS AQUINAS THE THIRD PETITION
133
ORIGEN
139
TERESA OF AVILA
151
SIMONE WEIL
159
AUGUSTINE
163
ALFRED DELP
169

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
51
FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES
67
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US
75
LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
83
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
87
THE WEPETITIONS
93
THE THOU AND WEPETITIONS COMPARED
99
Other Commentary
103
INTRODUCTION
105
CYPRIAN OF CARTHAGE
111
LEONARDO BOFF
173
In Conclusion
185
THE LORDS PRAYER IN THE LITURGY
187
THE ESCHATOLOGICAL AND THE EVERYDAY
193
FINAL WORDS
199
APPENDIX
205
NOTES
238
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PATRISTIC COMMENTARY IN ENGLISH ON THE LORDS PRAYER
246
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\Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C. teaches theology and literature in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Sermon-Conferences of St. Thomas Aquinas on the Apostles' Creed (1988) and The Creed As Symbol (1989).

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