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Prelude: Justin's Self-Understanding as an Exegete

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A basic premiss for this chapter is the conviction that Justin in his exegesis is handing on a received tradition. It may be useful as a prelude to the analyses to point out that this premiss corresponds to Justin's understanding of himself as an exegete. Justin presents his OT exegesis as something received. According to his own understanding, Justin is handing on the apostolic exposition of the Scriptures, and this apostolic exegesis of the OT ultimately derives from Christ's own instruction of the apostles after his resurrection. The basic question concerning Justin's theological idea of apostolic origin may not be whether it is true or false as a historical statement, but in what sense it may be seen to correspond to a fundamental continuity of tradition within the development of Scriptural exegesis in the earliest Church.

Keywords: apostolic exegesis; Christ; Justin; OT exegesis; scriptural exegesis



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