How Would Augustine Read Genesis? with Dr. Benjamin Quinn

Knowing Faith


GONNA it I'M GONNA go fast and I and fly high. So Augusta Guston when he's converted around the year three, eighty six and he's about he's in his early thirties by this point the very first commentary that he turns to ride is actually one on genesis and he does so against a group of people called the mannequins that he'd. been a part of for a little over a decade and very quickly after coming to Christ he sees the manatees not as not as reputation or not as personal enemies, per se but theologically, they really were enemies because they undo. So much of what's true and rich and good in Christ centred about the scriptures and especially in this directly begins to answer your question especially as it relates to the doctrine of creation. So over Agustin's lifetime first of all, there's development in his thoughts and there's a development and how he approached his genesis one through eleven genesis one through three specifically about five different times he addresses it the very first time. If you look at that early commentary, just a couple a couple of years after he's converted to be honest it's kind of weird he does all kind of crazy allegorical stuff he's. He's really pushing back against some extremities of Manichean thaw. By the time you get to his much more mature though in this comes about the you know the works that Augustine most popular for Confessions City of God on the Trinity on Chris Easing, these kind of what we would call his mature works by the time he looks at Genesis one. Through eleven at that point here are some of the the. Distinctive of his interpretation that you're gonNA notice first of all he's going to be very clear on a very healthy doctrine of creation. What I mean by that is he's not going to see something like the spirit world bad in the mid or the material world is bad spirit world is good. He's GonNa work really really hard to push against that. There remains some measure of a spiritual side may be. Better than the material saw and whether that's true or not. Another point is still be some of that but he's going to always remember that sort of bad ten years of Manichean life that he experienced and when he returns to genesis one through eleven, it's always gonna be sort of in back of his mind and who he's arguing with so to speak. Yeah, secondly, he's also going to always be deeply. Christ centered. As shouldn't surprise us. But maybe for some of your ears when they hear the word Christ centered in terms of interpretation or they may think about ten years old and I want to say, no, that's about I. Don't Know Nineteen Hundred Years old somewhere somewhere in there. And Augusta and when he's turning to any part of scripture. But especially, the Old Testament Psalms particular genesis one through eleven he's going to see in the beginning in fact right there he's GonNa Circle that in his Latin tax going to say that in that beginning the way that his text reads there's Jesus Right. There's the same beginning John's talking about the same beginning to Colossians, one is referring to that's Jesus there in fact his. Commentaries are summarized. He called him the Toda's Chris because he saw the whole Christ there and that's true. Really of his interpretation of all the Old Testament. The third thing I would say on that Kyle is my favorite part of that I've learned from Augusta. My favorite part is that he always interprets scripture with what he calls the double love in mind. This is nothing more than the great commandment He has in his little book on her midday. Scott on Christian, teaching our on on Christian doctrine. He says any interpretation of scripture that doesn't undergird love for God and love for neighbor is an invalid interpretation. Period. Now. There's a lot. There's a lot of questions. There's a lot to be said that's not the end of the conversation, but I always hear that as if Jesus is right that there's nothing if he is because he's Jesus if if he's right that there's nothing more important about living in his world. Then to love God, and to love other people, the net applies to everything in life including how we interpret the Bible, not just how we parent and how we pass through and how we were all the those things too that even how we interpret the Bible Jesus you said all along the prophets point to me. So when you go back to those also recognize the most important thing about living in my world is that you love on love of people. So if you've if you draw from any interpretation of scripture something that you can't draw straight lines to love forgotten left for the people you've you somehow fallen off the radar, you've. Fallen off the wagon. So to speak and always been sort of guides and directs is not only interpretation but then application scripture. Yeah. Man That's so

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