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By Robert C. Hill

Within the interval among the councils of Nicea and Chalcedon within the fourth and 5th centuries, the trustworthy within the church buildings of the ecclesiastical district of Antioch have been the beneficiaries of the ministry of the note from extraordinary pastors. integrated during this ministry have been homilies at the outdated testomony by way of John Chrysostom and written commentaries via his mentor Diodore and his fellow scholar Theodore, and later by way of Theodoret. even though the biblical textual content was once admittedly Jewish in foundation, "the textual content and the that means are ours," claimed Chrysostom; and the nice bulk of extant is still finds the pastoral precedence given to this usually vague fabric. scholars and exegetes of the outdated testomony and its person authors and books may be brought the following to Antioch?s unique method and interpretation through commentators studying their neighborhood kind of the Greek Bible. during this survey, readers will achieve an perception additionally into Antioch?s worldview and its method of the individual of Jesus, to soteriology, morality and spirituality.

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A. Sanders, The Canon Debate (2002), a volume in which only Sanders uses such alternative terminology, even Jewish contributors employing the conventional terms Old and New Testament. 1). 5 Cf. B. S. Childs, Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture, 50: “Although Origen used the term in an adjectival sense of scripturae canonicae (De princ. IV 33), the first application of the noun to the collection of holy scriptures appears in the last part of the fourth century and continued in common use from the time of Jerome.

These things, however, he did not want them to know—just the things happening in their own time. This is what I shall try to demonstrate, that he made only these things obscure—what had to do with us and the synagogue, present fulfilment, and the cancellation of the Law—which it was not necessary for them to know at the time. ” He had made the point frequently at other times in his Antioch ministry. of Aristeas and even the divine inspiration of the Seventy translators shown by Theodore and Theodoret that we shall document in the next chapter.

1), claiming that the congregation applauded him for it. Cf. ” 47 Chrysostom at this point proceeds to refer to the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek, without showing the uncritical acceptance of the legendary Letter 46 antioch’s concept of scriptural revelation 43 F. Revelation Old and New If the Old Testament was so obscure—whether on account of listeners’ limitations, the inherent inferiority of its contents, or the shortcomings of the Greek version—why would their pastors go to the trouble of mediating to them all the numerous books and expect them to read them instead of confining themselves to the “more important things” of the New Testament, “clearer and easier” as they were?

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