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John Wyclif$
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Stephen Edmund Lahey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183313.001.0001

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THE LOGIC OF SCRIPTURE

THE LOGIC OF SCRIPTURE

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(p.135) 5 THE LOGIC OF SCRIPTURE
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John Wyclif
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Stephen E. Lahey (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183313.003.0005

At the core of medieval theology lies the mastery of the Sacred Page, or scriptural exegesis. Wyclif developed a hermeneutic of Scripture based in his propositional realism in which Mosaic law, and especially Christ’s teachings, articulate the primary law by which all human life should function. Because Scripture is eternal truth, and Christ is identified with Truth in the Johannine tradition, Wyclif’s Christology is critical to understanding his conception of the place of Scripture in the Christian life. Wyclif’s earlier career as a postillator of the Bible, and his later exegetical writings, also figure into this conception. His understanding of homiletics, and his own sermon collection, provide a very important means of grasping his vision of the clergy’s duty to instruct Christians regarding the Christian life, and may illuminate the dissemination of his thought in the late fourteenth century among early Wycliffites.

Keywords:   Scripture hermeneutics, Christology, postilla, exegesis, homiletics, Poor Preachers

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