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Philoxenus Of Mabbug: Hermeneutics Of Incarnation

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This chapter focuses on key hermeneutical patterns and exegetical motifs of Philoxenus of Mabbugs christology as applied and elaborated in his Commentary on the Prologue of John, written, according to de Halleux, circa 505. The emphasis on exegesis finds its expression first and foremost in our authors insistence on constantly proving the various details of his christological scheme from John 1:14. However, this overwhelming reliance on this single passage does not exclude his recurrent references to various biblical verses from both the New and Old Testament. It is Philoxenus awareness of the multifaceted nature of the canon and consequent hermeneutical problems that are the focus of the chapter. Philoxenus hermeneutical efforts to establish his John 1:14oriented christology in relation to other parts of the canon are presented in the chapter as divisible into three main directions: (1) Old Testament precedents; (2) Synoptic Gospels evidence; and (3) the Pauline epistles.

Keywords: Commentary on the Prologue of John; hermeneutical patterns; Old Testament precedents; Pauline epistles; Philoxenus of Mabbug; Synoptic Gospels evidence



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