Christian Humanist Profiles 167: Introducing Medieval Interpretation

Perhaps no era of biblical interpretation is less appreciated than the Middle Ages. After all, weren’t the medievals at best just perpetuators of patristic readings, and at worst the most unbounded and fantastic of allegorists? If the scholars of the Middle Ages are recovered these days, it is usually for their mystically- or philosophically-inflected theologies, not their contributions to exegesis. Yet, as Ian Christopher Levy argues, the medieval interpreters of the Bible have contributed greatly to the Church’s exegetical tradition, and not only by preserving the late classical Fathers: they were both devout and analytical thinkers, balancing historical-literal nuance with the fullness implied by divine authorship. In this episode of Christian Humanist Profiles, David Grubbs interviews Dr. Ian Christopher Levy, professor of historical theology at Providence College in Providence, RI, and author of Introducing Medieval Biblical Interpretation: The Senses of Scripture in Premodern Exegesis (Baker Academic, 2018).

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