“Reading Scripture…” – C. Hall: Quote #9 Gregory of Nazianzus’ hermeneutic

by | Jul 22, 2010 | Hermeneutics, Historical Theology

Underlying Gregory’s trinitarian analysis is the firm conviction that isolated texts of Scripture should be read in light of the overarching biblical narrative; because the Holy Spirit has inspired all the biblical authors, it is perfectly legitimate to allow one text to shed light on another. Rather than producing a forced harmony, the comparison of texts acknowledges the Spirit’s overriding authorship of the entire Bible. Becasue the New Testament Scriptures are in continuity with those of the Old Testament, Gregory feels free to interpret the Old in light of the New. To fail to do so is to practice a wooden literalism that fails to observe the Bible’s deeper unity… (Hall, 76-77)

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Implications of Jesus’ Relationship to the Law

Implications of Jesus’ Relationship to the Law

You remember that we are working through Matthew 5:17-20 under the theme we determined at the beginning of this blog series. That theme concerns Jesus’ relationship to the Old Testament Scriptures. Those Scriptures are described in the way typical of the New Testament as the law and the prophets. Jesus’ relation to them is described both negatively and positively. It is not to abolish but to fulfill them. Jesus comes to bring the Scriptures to their intended goal or predestined destination. This relationship of Jesus to the Old Testament is the underlying theme of the entirety of verses 17-20.

The Perpetuity of the Law

The Perpetuity of the Law

This, then, is why Jesus feels the need to issue this warning. A new time—the time of the kingdom—has come. What will this mean for the law and the prophets? Does it mean that their time is over and that their authority has been overthrown? To this Jesus gives an emphatic answer. It does not! He does not overthrow their authority. Rather, the authority of the Old Testament Scriptures remains and must remain inviolate forever. It is not their abolition, but their fulfillment which Jesus brings.

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