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Sanctified Vision by John J. O'Keefe
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Apr 14, 07

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Read in January, 2007

An interesting look at the way in which the Fathers of the Church read the Bible which is, alas, crippled to a certain extent by the narrowness of the theological environment in which the authors seem to work.
Drawing on the philosophy of language and hermineutical theory, the authors provide a decent explaination of how the early readers of scripture engaged with the text, and reflect on the significance of their approach for theology today. However, it lacks the theological sensitivity and appreciation that de Lubac, for example, displayed in his writings on patristic and medieval exegesis. Astonishingly, de Lubac isn't even cited in the bibliography of this book - an extraordinary and inexcusible omission.
However, their approach does supplement what de Lubac has to say, and their different perspective does add something. One suspects, however, that Reno and O'Keefe focused too much on some texts of Origen in their analysis of the approach of the Fathers to the historical content of scripture.

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