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Can The Church Fathers Help Us To Develop A Better Approach To The Actualisation Of Scripture?

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The turn to critical biblical studies reflects a knowledge system which, while offering new insights, radically affected our relationship to the biblical text. A new approach to the biblical text was constructed which was very different from the approach developed during the first centuries of Christianity and which was the common approach for more than 1500 years. Examining how Scripture was read by the Church Fathers and exploring the change brought about in our relationship to the text since the Aufklärung may help shed light on the question we want to understand: Why is the Western approach to the actualisation of Scripture so hesitant, so uneasy and so lifeless? It may also enable us to find ways forward for our time and for our purpose.

Keywords: actualisation; Church Fathers; critical biblical studies; Scripture



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