RLST 152 - Lecture 22 - Interpreting Scripture: Medieval Interpretations

Lecture 22 - Interpreting Scripture: Medieval Interpretations


The principles of interpreting the New Testament in this course assume a historical critical perspective. The historical critical method of interpreting a text privileges the intended meaning of the ancient author, the interpretation of a text's original audience, the original language the text was written in, and the avoidance of anachronism. However, for most of the last two thousand years, this has not been the method of interpretation of the Bible. Pre-modern interpreters, such as Origen and Augustine, felt free to allegorize and use the text as they saw fit. It was only through the Reformation and other events in modern history that the historical critical method became the predominant method of interpretation.


Martin, B. Dale. "Premodern Biblical Interpretation." In Pedagogy of the Bible. An Analysis and Proposal. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008

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