This article contends that many misunderstandings of Paul's use of allegory in Galatians 4:21-Galatians 5:1 are the result of Paul's argumentative strategy. Perriman suggests that the allegory is meant only to show the applicability of the command to throw out the slave woman and her son to the Galatian situation.
The practice of seeing and reading Scripture through the redemptive-historical approach is one that finds its root in the Bible. This article looks at how the apostles read through redemptive-historical eyes, and how the church fathers continued in this practice. It also discusses the place of typology and allegory in interpreting the Bible.
Justin Martyr has the honour of being the first comprehensive Christian interpreter of the Old Testament. What was Justin's exegetical method? Aune indicates the gap between the New Testament's use of the Old and the exegesis in early patristic literature. The further Justin departed from the New Testament exegetical tradition, the closer he got to allegory.
Hermeneutics should not be divorced from the study of language in general. The Bible is written in human language by men who used the language conventions of the day. This essay focuses on the way in which figures of speech and figurative language function in texts. The author notes similes, metaphors, allegory, metonymy, irony, and so on.
The Second Council of Constantinople anathematized the literal historical approach of interpreting Scripture associated with the School of Antioch as the breeder of heresy, while the council embraced allegory as the proper method of interpretation. This article looks at the historical account of these events.