The Bible in the Church: A Short History of Interpretation

The Bible in the Church: A Short History of Interpretation

The Bible in the Church: A Short History of Interpretation

The Bible in the Church: A Short History of Interpretation

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The theme of the Bible in the church is so wide-ranging that it cannot be adequately discussed by one writer. Nevertheless, in view of its significance and interest at the present time, it has seemed worthwhile to make the attempt. It is my intention to develop further, at a later date, my studies of the exegesis of the first five centuries, the formative period not only of the church but also of biblical interpretation. Meanwhile this presentation of the main points will perhaps prove of value.

I am grateful to Professors Arthur D. Nock, George La Piana, and Henry J. Cadbury of Harvard University for introducing me to the vast field of ancient exegesis. They are of course not responsible for any of my errors or for the theories of interpretation which I have set forth here. My thanks should also be rendered to the three libraries in which I have conducted most of my investigations: those of Harvard University, Union Theological Seminary (New York), and the University of Chicago.

R. M. G.

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