Froehlich on Biblical Interpretation

FroehlichA brief review of Karlfried Froehlich’s, Biblical Interpretation from the Church Fathers to the Reformation

There have been some interesting new books on interpreting the Bible recently. Karlfried Froehlich’s, Biblical Interpretation from the Church Fathers to the Reformation is a handy collection of 13 articles by a prolific scholar covering several aspects of medieval and Reformation biblical study.

A number of these articles focus on the Glossa Ordinaria, a medieval Latin commentary on the whole Bible which has often been attributed to Walafrid Strabo (erroneously, as Froehlich nicely demonstrates). He also considers the interpretation of Paul, particularly Romans 8, and the place of Peter (and the papacy) in history.

He shows that medieval exegetes were not blatant “prooftexters” or imposers of “framework” onto the text, with a lovely quote on this from Abelard, saying, “I do not want to be a philosopher in such a way as to lord it over Paul.”

This review first appeared in Churchman 128/2 (2014).

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