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Methods of biblical interpretation

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									     Methods of biblical interpretation
1. Origen of
   Alexandria and his
   school
2. Three methods
3. Origen’s defense of
   allegory
        Scriptio continua. ca. 200. P66


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Origen of Alexandria (185-254)

              • Exegete & theologian
              • Taught in Alexandrian
                catechetical school
              • Later exiled to Caesarea
              • Wrote On First Principles
              • Developed three methods
                of scriptural interpretation.
                 Three methods
• Literal (body)
• Moral (soul)
• Allegorical (spirit)
         Origen’s defense of allegory
• Contradictions
• Expressions
  unworthy of God
• Parables



                    Temperance Fortitude Prudence Justice

								
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