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Scripture As A Legacy Of The Fathers

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In the early fourth century, at the time of Emperor Constantine, a deeply pious and learned Greek philosopher named Iamblichus (250?330 ce) lamented in his old age over the fact that all cultic trends in the religions of his time seemed henceforth to depend on books and on other written codifications. The whole biblical legacy of the Fathers appeared then like a static enumeration of comments, a plethoric repetition of the same, completely disconnected from the hermeneutical process which was renewing scripture itself from the inside, transforming an ?old? Testament into a ?new? one. The pastoral options taken by Irenaeus and Theophilus, in a new generation of Christian community-builders during the late second century, always intended to secure primarily the safe transmission of the scriptures given over to them by the generation of the so-called Apostles.

Keywords: biblical legacy; hermeneutical process; Iamblichus; static enumeration



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