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Philotheos

Volume 15, 2015

Dragan Radić
Pages 117-128
DOI: 10.5840/philotheos20151512

Ἡ ἑρμηνευτική μέθοδος τοῦ Θεοδωρήτου Κύρου
Μία προσπάθεια πρός ἐπίτευξη τῆς ἰσορροπίας μεταξύ ἱστορισμοῦ καί ἀλληγορίας, μεταξύ γράμματος καί πνεύματος

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the hermeneutical method of Theodoret of Cyrus, who was one of the most important Biblical commentators and an influential theologian of the School of Antioch. This paper attempts to point out the fact that in the person of the Blessed Theodoret we find the first attempt of synthesis between the Antioch and Alexandria hermeneutical schools. In his hermeneutical work Theodoret attempted to overcome the contradictions existing up to that point and to follow a middle way, without discarding neither the literal nor the spiritual-allegorical interpretation. It could be argued that Theodoret rejected the extreme hermeneutical trends of both the Alexandrian and Antioch inspirations; he developed his unique methods and tactics, which were rooted in the previous patristic tradition of the Church Fathers.

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