Jonah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible)

The preface to the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible offers two analogies related to the interpretation of scripture. It likens scripture first to a mosaic that arrives disassembled and must be put together without directions (Irenaeus), and second to a series of locked rooms whose scrambled keys one must sort to open the doors and access the rooms (Origen). Readers may be left with the impression that there is a single correct solution and that other proposed solutions do not qualify. The principles necessary for a coherent (proper, unified) interpretation, according to the preface, are contained in apostolic doctrine, specifically the Nicene tradition—the editors’ succinct summary of which includes no reference to anything outside of God’s actions in regard to Jesus.


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