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Interpreting the Scriptures Continued

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Amanda Pohle

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Transcript of Interpreting the Scriptures Continued

Interpreting the Scriptures Continued
Beyond Science
Pope Gregory the Great: "Holy Scripture by the manner of its language transcends every science, because in one and the same sentence, while it describes a fact, it reveals a mystery"
Senses of the Scriptures
-Thomas Aquinas laid the foundation for modern biblical interpretation.
-Senses: The different levels of meaning that can be found in the Sacred Scriptures.
Example: Exodus 14:10-31
The Crossing of the Red Sea
-Literal Sense
-Allegorical Sense
-Moral Sense
-Anagogical Sense
Relation to Science and History
History and science can help us to learn the spiritual truth from the Bible, but the Bible is not where we look for scientific or historical truth.
The Whole Picture
How are we to approach the Scriptures as a whole?
Interpretation of the Bible and Christian doctrine based on the literal meaning of the Bible's words.
Fundamentalist Approach
Literal sense of the Scriptures is informed by the other senses of Scripture along with scientific and historical knowledge.


-If studied in this way: "there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason".
Contextualist Approach
The Literal Sense
-Obvious meaning of the text
-Actual Events
-Lays the framework for all the other senses
The Spiritual Sense
-What the realities and events of Scripture signify
-Three categories: allegorical, moral, and anagogical sense
Three Spiritual Senses
Allegorical Sense: How does the story point to the mystery of Christ (Christological)

Moral Sense: How does a particular passage instruct us to live in right relationship with God, neighbor, self, and earth?

Anagogical: In what way does the story lead and direct us toward our future heavenly home?
Absolute Mystery
Truth that is so deep and broad that our limited minds cannot fully comprehend it.
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