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Principles Of Orthodox Hermeneutics

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The contemporary Judaism, grounded on the conviction of the inspiration and unquestionable authenticity of the Bible, stressed the supreme authority of every single word in the Bible writings. In order to distinguish the main hermeneutical principles in the Orthodox Bible interpretation this chapter focuses on the nature of the Bible. The Scripture, in other words, took shape within the matrix of ancient Church Tradition. The two - Scripture and Tradition - are not to be seen as complementary or mutually exclusive. They have to be considered from the perspective of their historical development. A good part of modern biblical exegesis is tributary to a hermeneutic principle that limits a priori its possibilities. In the conception of the Orthodox Church, this "hermeneutic bridge" that re-actualizes the biblical event in the Church across centuries is no other than the Person of the Holy Spirit.

Keywords: Bible writings; Orthodox hermeneutics; sacred scripture



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