9780567292490

Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church An Historical Introduction to Patristic Exegesis

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  • ISBN13:

    9780567292490

  • ISBN10:

    0567292495

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-02-14
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark
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Summary

A comprehensive historical survey of patristic exegesis.Simonetti examines the changing understanding of the word of God in the early Church, and describes the individual authors and "schools" which were active in this development.First there is a study of the role of Scripture in the infant Church. Simonetti describes the use of Scripture in orthodox circles, drawing comparisons from the Gnostic world. There follows an examination of Eastern exegesis in the 4th and 5th centuries (Eusebius, the Antiochian School, the Cappadocians, and later developments in Alexandria), and an examination of Western exegesis in the same period (including detailed discussions of Jerome and Augustine). Simonetti concludes with a study of developments in the Eastern and Western Church in the later 5th and 6th centuries.A final section provides a theological perspective through a study of the theological interpretation of Scripture in the patristic era.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Abbreviations ix
Scripture in the Church of the 1st and 2nd Centuries
1(33)
Scripture in the Alexandrian Milieu
34(19)
The High Point of Exegetical Literature in the East
53(33)
Exegetical Activity in the West
86(24)
Exegetical Literature from the 5th to the 6th Century
110(11)
Appendix: Some Observations on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture in the Patristic Period 121(17)
Bibliography 138(7)
Scripture Index 145(5)
General Index 150

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