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Acta Theologica

versão On-line ISSN 2309-9089
versão impressa ISSN 1015-8758

Acta theol. vol.28  supl.11 Bloemfontein  2008


Allegorising: The relevance of an old method of interpretation



P.B. Decock

Prof. P.B. Decock, University of KwaZulu-Natal/St. Joseph's Theological Institute, Cedara, South Africa. E-mail:




The question about what texts mean for us in the present as distinct from the question what they originally meant has again come into the focus of attention. This broadening of the focus is very important for understanding religious texts as texts about God's transforming relationship to people. This article considers the Biblical interpretation of the Church Fathers, and particularly their use of allegory, as this may inspire us to develop ways of interacting with the Biblical texts as religious texts meant to speak to our times.

Keywords: Allegory, Hermeneutics, Church Fathers

Trefwoorde: Allegorie, Hermeneutiek, Kerkvaders



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