Introduction to Sacred Philology and Interpretation

Introduction to Sacred Philology and Interpretation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...languages of the east, a defect, which must have a most injurious influence on their interpretations not only of the Old Testament, but also of the New. The other cause is to be found in the unhappy controversies, which were carried on during those periods, in such vexatious number, and with such scandalous warmth. In these cases, it became too much the practice, to allow themselves to modify their interpretation according to the convenience of their polemics; that is to say, to explain the Bible in such a manner as was best adapted to advance the interest of the various opinions which they defended. Even the best and most acute writers among the fathers of those times, as Theodore of Mopsuestia, (for the polemic authors, Jerome and Augustin, are quite out of the question, ) could not entirely guard against the fault of sometimes finding in the Bible merely what would serve to support their opinions, and of finding it there simply because they required it for that purpose: an evil, which in the following ages became still worse. IV. It may be said with truth, that the whole period from the seventh to the sixteenth century was destitute of hermeneutics, merely for this reason, that it was by the polemics of the times completely subjected to the yoke of doctrinal divinity. The truths, which it was thought proper to find in the Bible, were now brought into a system, which the church by her authority and influence had frequently declared to be the only true one. No man therefore ventured to find any thing further in the Bible, which was not adapted to this system, and still less any thing which stood in opposition to it. In these circumstances, it might be considered the wisest course that could be adopted, to abandon all idea of originality, and more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236611403
  • 9781236611406