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Master of Arts in Theology
School of Theology and Seminary
Columba Stewart OSB
In this paper I describe some of the characteristics of patristic biblical exegesis and ways in which these broke down in the modern era. I note ways in which postmodern biblical interpretation allows us to recapture some of the elements of patristic exegesis such as the multivalent meaning of texts, the community context of interpretation, and the importance of living the meaning of the text. Though postmodern interpretation opens some avenues back to the patristic period, the hermeneutic of suspicion toward authority, the history of interpretation and the text itself precludes our simply returning to the methods of patristic exegesis.
Smith, Lynne W. OSB, "Elements of Patristic Biblical Interpretation in Postmodern Times" (2001). School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses. 1569.
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