Chapter 18. Exegesis without End: Forms, Methods, and Functions of Biblical Commentaries

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Karla Pollmann Professor

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch18

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Pollmann, K. (2009) Exegesis without End: Forms, Methods, and Functions of Biblical Commentaries, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch18

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. University of St. Andrews, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101

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Keywords:

  • exegesis without end - biblical commentaries;
  • Augustinian interpretation of God's commandment in Genesis 1: 28 - “increase - and multiply,” as referring to possibility of multiple interpretation;
  • Basil, bishop of Caesarea's nine homilies on six days of creation as told in Genesis;
  • Augustine's sustained interest in understanding beginning of Genesis correctly;
  • Philoponus' exploration of meaning of Genesis text - philological;
  • Christian biblical exegesis - function of clarifying obscure, difficult, contradictory passages of text

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Basil and Ambrose on Genesis

  • Augustine on Genesis

  • John Philoponus on Genesis

  • Conclusions

  • Bibliographical Note