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Introduction to Part Three

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Chapter Summary

This introduction of the thrird part of the book presents an overview of the key concepts discussed the chapters that conform this part. The book is preeminently hermeneutical and epistemological in its exploration of the pre-Nicene paschal theology. Ancient writers, therefore both Jews and Christians perceived it as a sacred text: a hieros logos. The part three unveils three particular epistemic methods strongly connected with three correlative hermeneutical methodologies. The first of these methods will illustrate the fact that paschal exegesis was not a mere intellectual game but a spiritual and existential enterprise. The second hermeneutic method will evince that typology was a method of deciphering the intricate words of the Bible especially those implying a double meaning, such as parables and theophanic reports and, thus, the complex semantic net of the sacred text. The third and final epistemic method is implied by an ontological presupposition shared by all these Christian sources.

Keywords: Christian sources; hermeneutical methodologies; pre-Nicene paschal theology; sacred text



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