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Can we use the New Testament in the way which the New Testament authors use the Old Testament?

S. Moyise
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 36, No 4 | a529 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v36i4.529 | © 2002 S. Moyise | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 August 2002 | Published: 06 August 2002

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S. Moyise, Bishop Otter Centre for Theology and Ministry, University College, Chichester, United Kingdom

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Abstract

Ever since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, scholars have drawn parallels between the way the New Testament authors used the Scriptures and the use of Scripture found in the Qumran writings. This method has raised difficult questions, because some of the exegetical methods, such as allegory, word-splitting and the use of variant texts, are generally regarded as erroneous today. However, other scholars have contended that this comparative approach does not do justice to New Testament exegesis and have argued that the New Testament authors developed a distinctive messianic, ecclesiocentric or trinitarian form of exegesis. This view sheds new light on the old question of whether the Church can use the New Testament in the same way that the New Testament authors use the Old Testament.

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Allegory; Hermeneutics; Qumran; Typology

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