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On Earth as in Heaven David Clark The Lord’s Prayer from Jewish Prayer to Christian Ritual The Afterlife of the Lord’s Prayer Convinced that we no longer have immediate access to the meaning of Jesus’s words but must account for the history of its “effects,” David Clark seeks to trace the message of the Lord’s Prayer through the early centuries of the faith. Clark begins by arguing that the prayer’s origin is in Jesus’s oral teaching, then traces its transmission and representation in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and the Didache, and finally examines the first full commentary on the prayer, that of Tertullian in the third century CE. Praise for On Earth as in Heaven “Has there ever been a set of words that has been known by heart by so many people, in so many languages, over so many cultures, and recited so often and for so many centuries as the Lord’s Prayer? Yet its early history is far more complex than most realize. In this book, Clark deploys meticulous historical scholarship to look at its origins, contexts, and early use in such a way that our appreciation of the prayer— a central element in the common identity and life of Christians—is renewed and enhanced.” Thomas O’Loughlin, University of Nottingham “With fresh and pleasant prose, David Clark provides a thoughtful Christian appli­ ca­ tion of the Gadamerian understanding of reception history to the Lord’s Prayer, honoring the value of both the historical situation of the original composition and the history of its effects in the first two centuries of the church. A delight to read from beginning to end!” Jonathan T. Pennington, Southern Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky “David Clark has done a rich service to twenty-first-century followers of Jesus. His brilliant and intriguing tour along varying paths that Christians have followed while interpreting and practicing—both liturgically and devotionally—the Lord’s Prayer is far more than historical; his insights tie our contemporary faith into the legacy of those who have preceded us. Clark’s research reveals the Lord’s Prayer as one unending ‘worship service’ two thousand years in length and counting. It’s a single, simple piece of genetic code linking us all, those alive on earth with those alive in Eternity, as one family under ‘Our Father.’” Mark Herringshaw, author of Six Prayers God Always Answers David Clark is a leader and teacher in Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and an adjunct professor of historical theology. He has traveled to fifty countries and teaches regularly in Latin America. He holds an MDiv from Bethel University and completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Thomas O’Loughlin. David and his wife, Kimberly, live in the Minneapolis area and are the parents of five children. NEW TESTAMENT CLARK On Earth as in Heaven ...


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