left the Christian Church”.
In this case it can be justifiably argued that patristic exegesisis important because it allows the individual to empirically contrast and comparemodern traditions which claim to be the fullness of the faith with
the faith that was
once for all entrusted to the saints”
The author is essentially following the idea that weas Christians are inheritors of a rich tradition and
as inheritors of fundamentalChristian doctrines such as the Trinity, we owe early Christian writers an invaluabledebt
Patristic exegesis functions, according to McGinnis, for both the academic andgeneral laymen in light of spirituality and doctrine and is as such complimentary for both the Biblical scholar and general laymen who may find the historical-criticalmethod far too dry and empty.
Patristic Exegesis and Stumbling Blocks
After explaining why Patristic exegesis is important, the author begins to discuss twostumbling blocks Biblical scholars face when dealing with patristic exegesis. According
to McGinnis, “the instincts of a contemporary biblical scholar—
reading and writing as ascholar
finding Christ in the OT strongly
Contrarily, the Fathers viewed Jesus Christ as presented in the New Testament
“[…] as the
to understanding the
Patristic exegesis, McGinnis explains, because of its typological and allegorical
exegetical leanings nevertheless appears “to play fast and loose with the text and
appear not to respect the integrity or holistic form of
the individual biblical books”.
This reaction to patristic exegesis explains why the Biblical scholar might resist such a
Ibid., p. 17.
N.K.J.V., Jude 1:3
‘Stumbling over the Testaments: On Reading Patristic Exegesis and the Old
Testament in Light
of the New’
Journal of Theological Interpretation 4.I
(2010), p. 17.
Ibid., p. 22.
Ibid., p. 21.
Ibid., p. 20.