Biblical Interpretation. Randy Flores, SVD Theology 121 Ateneo de Manila University Philippines. “Do you understand what you are reading?”. Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch Read the story in Acts of the Apostles chap 8. Introduction The three “worlds” in Biblical Interpretation.
Randy Flores, SVD
Ateneo de Manila University
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
Read the story in Acts of the Apostles chap 8
The method was first used by Greek philologians and commentators of antiquity to establish the best text of the writings of Homer.
It was adopted by the Church Fathers like Origen, Jerome and Augustine in their study of the Hebrew and Greek forms of the Old Testament.
1. Check and balance of the two extremes: Fundamentalism and texts as merely good human interest stories
--Ideological interpretation: Using the Bible to promote certain ideological views.
--Post-modernism or deconstructionism: awareness that history relativizes people, places, event, texts, etc. Hence, all interpretations are colored by the interpreter. All interpretations are subjective. Meaning is only meaning for me.
Fragment of the Book of Daniel
One of the oldest (4th century) complete manuscript of the New Testament
Also contains a copy of the LXX
Another 4th century complete manuscript of the New Testament, also contains the LXX
By Duccio Buoninsegna