Reading Matthew with Monks - Laying the Foundations for by Derek A. Olsen

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On the other hand, the major works of New Testament scholarship constantly provide models for imitation with particular examples of the genre and forms of academic literature, critical method, and acceptable patterns of discourse. Through this mimetic process, classic works and forms establish paradigms for the academic study of the New Testament. Reading the works of the academic study of the New Testament enculturates students into the main forms of scholarly literature: the journal article, the critical monograph, and the commentary are the prime literary expressions of scholarly research.

103 Mimesis for Ælfric, then, is a life-long process through which monastics pattern themselves after Christ, his forbearers and saints, and cultivate the virtues through which they will attain to the eternal joys of God‘s presence. Imbedded in LS 16 are the monastic Ego sum Alfa et ώ. Initium et finis dicit dominus Deus. qui est et qui erat et qui uenturus est omnipotens. Ðæt is on englisc. Ic eom angin. and ende. cwæþ drihten god. seðe is. and seðe was. and seðe towerd is ælmihtig god. An ælmihtig god is on þrym hadum æfre wunigende.

He writes: The content of monastic culture has seemed to be symbolized, synthesized, by these two words: grammar and spirituality. On the one hand, learning is necessary if one is to approach God and to express what is perceived of Him; on the other hand, literature must be continually transcended and elevated in the striving to attain eternal life. 64 Learning gives monastics the keys to begin the search for God in the Scriptures and the liturgy, but learning for its own sake is not the monastic goal.

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