Symeon and Holy Scripture

Hilarion Alfeyev

in St. Symeon the New Theologian and Orthodox Tradition

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270096
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683893 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Symeon and Holy Scripture

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This chapter examines Symeon the New Theologian's scriptural background, that is, his ways of approaching, studying and interpreting the Bible. Symeon's biblical exegesis might be defined as his own personal version of the monastic and liturgical traditions of hermeneutics, which in both cases are a synthesis of the Alexandrian and the Antiochene traditions. This chapter begins by pointing out the role of Scripture in Orthodox tradition and some aspects of its exegesis within the Orthodox Church. Symeon's attitude to Scripture, his way of quoting it and his methods of biblical interpretation are also discussed, along with biblical allusions and quotations in Symeon's writings, examples of Symeon's exegesis, and two basic kinds of allegory in his writings.

Keywords: Symeon the New Theologian; Bible; Scripture; biblical exegesis; Orthodox tradition; hermeneutics; allusions; quotations; allegory; Orthodox Church

Chapter.  13084 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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