Biblical Exegesis and the Formation of Christian Culture
This book challenges standard accounts of early Christian exegesis of the Bible. Professor Young sets the interpretation of the Bible in the context of the Graeco-Roman world - the dissemination of books and learning, the way texts were received and read, the function of literature in shaping not only a culture but a moral universe. For the earliest Christians, the adoption of the Jewish scriptures constituted a supersessionary claim in relation to Hellenism as well as Judaism. Yet the debt owed to the practice of exegesis in the grammatical and rhetorical schools is of overriding significance. Methods were philological and deductive, and the usual analysis according to 'literal', 'typological' and 'allegorical' is inadequate to describe questions of reference and issues of religious language. The biblical texts shaped a 'totalizing discourse' which by the fifth century was giving identity, morality and meaning to a new Christian culture.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
PART I Exegesis and the unity of the scriptures
PART II The Bible as classic
PART III Language and reference
PART IV The Bible and the life of faith
towards an outline historical account
Other editions - View all
2nd series allegory allusion ancient Antiochene argument Arian Athanasius Augustine Augustine’s Bible biblical Biblical Interpretation Cambridge Christ Christian Writings Christological Chrysostom Church claim classical coherence commentary conﬁrms context Corinthians criticism culture debate deductive deﬁnition developed Didache difﬁculty discerned discussion divine doctrine Early Christian Ephrem Epistle ETANCL ETNPNF Eusebius Eustathius example exegesis exegetical Fathers ﬁgural ﬁgure of speech ﬁnd ﬁrst fulﬁlment genre Gnostic God’s Gospel Greek Gregory Gregory’s Hellenistic hermeneutical Homer homily human inﬂuence Irenaeus Jewish kind language literal literary literature London Marcion material meaning metaphor Migne,PG mimésis mimetic moral Moses narrative Neoplatonic noted NPNF Orat Origen Oxford pagan parable paraenetic patristic Paul Paul’s prophecy prophetic Psalms Quintilian quotation quoted reading reality recognised reference reﬂects rhetorical rhetorical schools scripture sense signiﬁcance speaks speciﬁc spiritual story suggests symbols Tatian Tertullian Testament theology things tradition truth Tyconius types typology University Press words