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ANDREW LOUTH

in Discerning the Mystery

Published in print October 1989 | ISBN: 9780198261964
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682261 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261964.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Return to Allegory

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This chapter presents an essay on the Church Fathers' use of allegory in interpreting the Scriptures. It explains that for the Fathers allegory is not merely a stylistic habit but rather it is bound up with their whole understanding of tradition as the tacit dimension of the Christian life. They consider allegory as the path towards the so-called margin of silence that surrounds the articulate message of the Scriptures and as way of obtaining a deeper understanding of tradition from the perspective of the texts of the Scriptures.

Keywords: allegory; Church Fathers; Scriptures; tradition; theology; Christian life

Chapter.  15161 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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