By David Tracy, Robert McQueen Grant
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The apostle must have believed in the reality of the events he describes, for in Romans 5: 18f. 3 The twelfth chapter of Isho’dad’s Introduction to the Psalms comes from the ninth century but it is largely based on the exegetical theory of Theodore, and clearly sets forth his objections to the theory of Origen: People ask what the difference is between allegorical exegesis and historical exegesis. We reply that it is great and not small; just as the first leads to impiety, blasphemy and falsehood, so the other is conformed to truth and faith.
THE AUTHORITATIVE INTERPRETATION 81 It might be asked whether any progress is possible in the church of Christ. Certainly there is progress in that faith, but not change. Religion is like the human body, which develops and grows, but remains the same.
9 Why is Origen so eager to exclude the literal meaning of scripture? We must remember that there is a difference between his understanding of the literal meaning and ours. What he means by “literal” is the interpretation placed on scripture by the simplest of simple believers, those who cannot understand the meaning of metaphors, parables, or allegories, and who insist that every detail in them is literally true. Such people invariably understand poetry as prose. They believe, for example, in the literal reality of the heavenly Jerusalem described in the Apocalypse of John.
A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible by David Tracy, Robert McQueen Grant