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Eusebius of Caesarea’s Commentary on IsaiahChristian Exegesis in the Age of Constantine$
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Michael J. Hollerich

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263685.001.0001

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Eusebius as Exegete: Interpretive Method in the Commentary on Isaiah

Eusebius as Exegete: Interpretive Method in the Commentary on Isaiah

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Eusebius of Caesarea’s Commentary on Isaiah


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This chapter examines Eusebius' intentions and his performance as a biblical interpreter in the Commentary on Isaiah. It shows that for Eusebius, the difference between ‘literal’ and ‘spiritual’ interpretation was similar to the difference between fact and interpretation. The first section of this chapter analyzes Eusebius' prefatory statement of purpose and his interpretive vocabulary. The second section describes Eusebius at work as a practitioner of the various tasks ancient grammar prescribed for understanding the literal meaning of a text. The third section explains his distinction between literal and spiritual interpretation. The last section situates Eusebius in the broader exegetical development of the third to fifth centuries.

Keywords:   biblical interpretation, literal meaning, spiritual interpretation, preface

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