A History of Biblical Interpretation: From the Early Church to the Reformation

This class broadly surveys the history of biblical interpretation from the early church to the Reformation, focusing on key figures and their methods of interpreting the Bible. It begins with an overview of the approach and interpretive principles of early church figures like Origen and Augustine before moving on to medieval developments in interpretation leading up to the time of the Reformation (e.g. the four-fold sense and scholasticism). Separate weeks will be devoted to Luther, Calvin, and Anabaptist/Radical Reformers and their concepts of sola scriptura in the Reformation. This class will meet in the Library starting Sunday, the 24th, at 9:30 a.m. and is led by Alyssa Evans.