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Marius Victorinus' Commentary on Galatians$
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Stephen Andrew Cooper

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0198270275.001.0001

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A Chapter in the History of Biblical Exegesis

A Chapter in the History of Biblical Exegesis

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(p.3) 1 A Chapter in the History of Biblical Exegesis
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Marius Victorinus' Commentary on Galatians
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Stephen Andrew Cooper (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198270275.003.0001

This chapter highlights the importance of the history of patristic exegesis for both the historical and the theological study of the Bible. A serious part of modern biblical scholarship through the early twentieth century, the study of patristic exegesis suffered a decline and became a sub-field of church history or historical theology, being thus removed from the scientific study of the biblical text. Recent trends in biblical studies, however, such as the rediscovery of rhetoric and the acknowledgement of the position of the interpreter, have created a climate in which patristic exegesis can again become part of the scholarly discussion of the Bible. Victorinus’ commentaries on Paul must be understood in the context of both pagan and Christian practices of the interpretation of canonical texts. The manuscript tradition of Victorinus’ commentaries on Paul is discussed.

Keywords:   exegesis, history, parasitic exegesis, rediscovery of rhetoric, pagan commentaries, Victorinus

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