The medieval quadriga or fourfold pattern of meaning was comprised of the following: the literal or historical, the tropological or moral, the allegorical or doctrinal, and the anagogical or ultimate/eschatological.
The study of and principles for the interpretation of the Bible are of vast importance.
The Gospels are full of allusions to and echoes of previous revelation. And the Gospels set the stage for further revelation which will explain both the redemptive acts and words of Jesus Christ (Jn. 14:26; 16:13-15).
The Middle Ages should not be viewed as a single-minded, monolithic era culturally, philosophically, or theologically.
“There is not one syllable of positive teaching by the Lord Jesus peculiar to the Sabbath in any Gospel passage.” – Tom Wells
The Father is getting glory for himself through what he does through his beloved Son.
Alexandria utilized allegory of the Neoplatonic variety; Antioch utilized typology of the New Testament variety.
Clement of Alexandria and, especially, Origen (circa A.D. 185-254) are the most well-known and influential Alexandrians.
Both Christian allegory (Alexandria) and Christian typology (Antioch) had the same goal – the Christian use of the Old Testament.
“Those notes may be nothing in isolation, but in aggregate they form a song more lovely than the lectures of learned scoffers.” James M. Hamilton