Tips for Reading Early Christian Exegesis

IVP Academic, over the past number of years, is producing accessible and invaluable resources for the modern church. Among these sources are collected in the Ancient Christian Texts series. In 2013, David Maxwell translated Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on John. The … Continue reading

Paul Blowers on Interpreting Scripture in the 4th–6th Centuries

As fashioned after Patristic and Medieval collections, I offer a catena of quotations from Paul M. Blowers’s article entitled, “Interpreting Scripture.” This article appears in vol. 2 of The Cambridge History of Christianity, pages 618–36. This is a very insightful article and … Continue reading

A Hermeneutical Journey: The Art of Reading Scripture

On a more personal note, I feel like I’ve been on a hermeneutical journey for the past 10 years. I can look back and see different attitudes that I’ve had about scripture, different influences to approach Scripture, historical and ecclesial … Continue reading

Patristic Hermeneutics, Origen of Alexandria, and the Multiplicity of Keys to the Scriptures

Patristic hermeneutics fascinates me. Yes, much of what they say may appear, prima facie, odd and peculiar, and sometimes, outright fanciful. Yet, there are patterns to their exegetical flair. Origen has fascinated me for some time now. In the text below, … Continue reading