Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible / Edition 1

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Overview

In Sanctified Vision John J. O'Keefe and R. R. Reno explain the structure and logic of the early Church fathers' interpretations of the Bible. These interpretations are considered foundational to the development of Christianity as a religion and offer insight into how the early church fathers thought about Christian doctrine and practice. By analyzing selected portions of patristic exegesis, the authors illustrate specific reading techniques employed by the church fathers to expound the meaning they believed intrinsic to biblical texts.

This approach is organized around three basic analytic strategies: literal, typological, and allegorical. The literal strategy is an intensive and broad analysis that identifies particular word associations that intensify scriptural meaning. The typological strategy interprets distinct patterns of events within scripture and applies those patterns to other events in scripture and the history of the church. The allegorical approach to biblical reading, like the topological strategy, seeks patterns in the text, but these patterns are more diverse and represent larger themes or beliefs of the early church.

Within this analytic framework, the authors explain the larger structure of patristic exegesis and argue for the importance of this structure in the emergence of Christian orthodoxy.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Letter & Spirit
Though they cover a scholarly terrain that is already well trod, O'Keefe and Reno consistently offer fresh insights and new perspectives.
First Things
Will explain to a wide readership the principles of patristic exegesis. It will also waken admiration for the Fathers' unflagging fascination.

— Joseph T. Lienhard

Theological Book Review
A well-written and easily accessible introduction to aspects of patristic exegesis.

— Richard S. Briggs

Religious Studies Review
An excellent starting point for engaging this rich body of early Christian literature.

— C. Thomas McCollough

First Things - Joseph T. Lienhard
Will explain to a wide readership the principles of patristic exegesis. It will also waken admiration for the Fathers' unflagging fascination.
Theological Book Review - Richard S. Briggs
A well-written and easily accessible introduction to aspects of patristic exegesis.
Religious Studies Review - C. Thomas McCollough
An excellent starting point for engaging this rich body of early Christian literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801880889
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,150,964
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. O'Keefe and R. R. Reno are associate professors of theology at Creighton University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Scriptural meaning modern to ancient 1
2 Christ is the end of the law and the prophets 24
3 Intensive reading 45
4 Typological interpretation 69
5 Allegorical interpretation 89
6 The rule of faith and the holy life 114
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