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Religions 2017, 8(7), 122; doi:10.3390/rel8070122

Reflections on Reading the Scriptures as an Orthodox Christian

St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA 18459, USA
Received: 13 April 2017 / Revised: 12 June 2017 / Accepted: 15 June 2017 / Published: 5 July 2017
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Abstract

The heart of the differences between an Orthodox understanding and use of Scripture, and what has prevailed in most non-Orthodox scholarly circles since the time of Spinoza, is not primarily anything to do with methodologies, or techniques as such, but fundamentally it is about the theological context within which the methods are used. Hence this paper begins by outlining the fundamentals of theology that undergird all traditional Orthodox exegesis. These fundamentals of Orthodox theology and life provide a radically different interpretive context for the use of any methods or tools of interpretation from that of the essentially agnostic approach promoted by Spinoza and those following him, who have exclusively used the historical critical method, whose foundational principle was to “interpret as if there is no God.” Hence, from an Orthodox perspective, all the basic technical aspects of historical criticism—linguistic studies, looking at the historical context, etc.—when used within a traditional Christian interpretive context can be valuable tools leading to a deeper understanding. However, the ultimate purpose of properly interpreting Scripture–salvation, becoming holy—is achieved primarily through living the gospel. View Full-Text
Keywords: Orthodox Christian Tradition; Biblical interpretation; Fathers; historical criticism; the historical-critical method; salvation; gospel Orthodox Christian Tradition; Biblical interpretation; Fathers; historical criticism; the historical-critical method; salvation; gospel
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