Monday, December 05, 2005

Chrysostom on the Precision of the Scriptures

"It says, 'I will go down and see whether or not they are committing what the cry reaching me suggests.' What is meant by the expression in all its synkatabasis [considerateness]? 'I will go down,' it says, 'and see'. Does the God of all things shift from place to place? Hardly. It does not mean that; instead, as I have often said, he wants to teach us by the concreteness (pachutes) of the expression that there is need for great akribeia [precision], and that sinners are not condemned by hearsay nor sentences delivered without evidence."

Hom. XXIV in Gen (PG 54; 414B), quoted in Robert Hill, "Akribeia: A Principle of Chyrostom’s Exegesis” Colloquium 14 (1981):36.

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Immoderate: Chrysostom on the Precision of the Scriptures

Monday, December 05, 2005

Chrysostom on the Precision of the Scriptures

"It says, 'I will go down and see whether or not they are committing what the cry reaching me suggests.' What is meant by the expression in all its synkatabasis [considerateness]? 'I will go down,' it says, 'and see'. Does the God of all things shift from place to place? Hardly. It does not mean that; instead, as I have often said, he wants to teach us by the concreteness (pachutes) of the expression that there is need for great akribeia [precision], and that sinners are not condemned by hearsay nor sentences delivered without evidence."

Hom. XXIV in Gen (PG 54; 414B), quoted in Robert Hill, "Akribeia: A Principle of Chyrostom’s Exegesis” Colloquium 14 (1981):36.

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