The Value of Really Old Commentaries

Of the various commentaries I use while studying Scripture and writing sermons, I keep going back to some of the very old ones. I very much enjoy the commentaries of Chrysostom, Augustine, Cyril of Alexandria, and so on. These ancient commentaries have spiritual insight into the text that many modern technical commentaries miss. There is …

Making Scripture Subject to Us? (Augustine)

One of my favorite writings by Augustine (d. 430) is his "Reply to Faustus the Manichaean." It's found in the first series, volume four, of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers set. In this reply, Augustine gave a very robust explanation of a Christ-centered way of interpreting the OT. Augustine does explain this in much detail, …

Christ in the OT: An Ancient Hermeneutic

Finding Christ in the Old Testament is an ancient hermeneutic. Modern evangelicals did not discover the fact that Christ is on every page of the OT Scriptures. This interpretive method has been around since the days of the early church when the apostles were still alive preaching and writing. The church fathers also interpreted the …

Not Taking the Bible Literally

From a historic Christian perspective we do take the Bible literally. The story of the flood is not a made-up legend. Goliath really was an incredibly tall man whom young David killed with a stone. We didn't make up the episodes where Jesus miraculously healed people and even brought them back from the dead. The …

Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

Here's an interesting book that gives an overview of the interpretation of Isaiah from the early church (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, etc.) to the modern era: The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture by Brevard Childs. I'm still making my way through the book, but so far it's been helpful. I don't always agree with …

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