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Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church (Sources of Early Christian Thought) [Paperback]

By Karlfried Froehlich (Editor)
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BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION IN THE EARLY CHURCH: This volume presents new translations of significant ancient documents relating to the emergence of hermeneutical (scripture interpretation) questions in the patristic period: Sifra-The Exegetical Rules (Middot) of Rabbi Ishmael and Rabbi Hillel Ptolemy-Letter to Flora Irenaeus-Against Heresies Origen-On First Principles: Book Four Papyrus Michigan Inv. 3718-Christian Allegorizations Diodore of Tarsus-Commentary on the Psalms, Prologue Diodore of Tarsus-Preface to the commentary on Psalm 118 Theodore of Mopsuestia-Commentary on Galatians 4:22-31 Tyconius (ca. 380 North Africa)-The Book of Rules, I-III

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Covers the emergence of hermeneutical questions in the patristic period.

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1985
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Series  Sources of Early Christian Thought  
ISBN  0800614143  
ISBN13  9780800614140  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Karlfried Froehlich is Benjamin B. Warfield Professor of Ecclesiastical History Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. His previous books includeBiblical Interpretation from the Church Fathers to the Reformation

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Hermeneutics aren't what they used to be.  Mar 23, 2004
Froehlich gives an introduction to the Jewish background, and first four centuries of Christian Bible interpretation. Methods from the pre-christian rabbis to Augustine are examined.

It is surprising to see how different the interpretaions by early theologians are from their counterparts today. Early interpreters saw different levels of meaning in the text. There was a literal surface level for the unspiritual, and a deeper level for the spiritual. Not all interpreters agreed on allegorical interpretation, but all acknowledged the divine author of Scripture put deeper meaning and hidden treasures of revelation in the sacred text.

Translations of eight ancient authors are given in the rest of the book.

Papyrus Michigan Inv. 3718
Diodore of Tarsus (2 texts)
Theodore of Mopsuestia

I found the book very intresting and informative. Froehlich does a great job of describing interpretation during those early years.

One just assumes the Bible was always interpreted in a literal fashion like it is today. I think this kind of knowledge is a little hard to find.


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