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Moses and the Church Fathers

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The church fathers living between roughly 100-700 CE admired Moses deeply. The church fathers' task as they pondered the figure of Moses was that of transposition and adaptation. The fathers' understanding of the Hebrew Scripture's overarching narrative of salvation can be understood as a symphonic approach. The fathers' interpretive adeptness and creativity are illustrated in their approach to The Sermon on the Mount. The church fathers' interpretations of the meaning of Moses are grounded on a fundamental thesis: the entire biblical narrative reaches its divinely appointed climax in Jesus of Nazareth, the anointed one of Israel. Thus, when the fathers look at Moses, they see Christ. And when they look at Christ, Moses is always present within their christological field of vision.

Keywords: church fathers; Hebrew Scripture; Israel; Jesus of Nazareth; Moses; salvation; Sermon on the Mount



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