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Gesaghebbende Skrifverklaring in die vroeŽ kerk

C. F. A. Borchardt

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 13, No 2 (1992), 141-152. doi: 10.4102/ve.v13i2.1052

Submitted: 18 July 1992
Published:  18 July 1992


Authoritative interpretation of Scripture in the early church
In the early church the Lord committed his message to his apostles and this was faithfully propagated by those appointed by the apostles and later by their successors, the bishops. The apostolic preaching, Scripture, the interpretation of Scripture and tradition was seen as the heritage of the church. The Church Fathers maintained that the true interpretation of Scripture was to be found in the church alone. The heretics used verses out of their context and emphasized isolated texts to the exclusion of others. They therefore did not have the skopos ekklesiastikos (Athanasius) or sensus scripturae (Hilary) and in this sense a much quoted text by Augustine and the famous dictum of Vincent of Lerins must be interpreted.

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