The Historical-Critical Method and the Holy Fathers

A brief history of a mutual reception with ecumenical implications at the level of biblical studies

Cosmin Daniel Pricop 1
  • 1 PhD, Teach. Assist. at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology Justinian the Patriarch in Bucharest. Address: Str. Trifoi, 15, 030698, Sector 3, Bucuresti


This study aims to capture the dynamics of the recent biblical studies in the Orthodox and Western, especially Protestant, theological areas. Both the Orthodox biblical theology and the Western biblical theology are streamlined by research, which can be inspired by each other´s experience. Thus, the Orthodox biblical studies are recently shaped in receiving and developing an exegetical method, and in this sense may appeal to the Western experience, especially the historical-critical method. On the other hand, the Western biblical scholars are concerned with bringing into the present the meaning of biblical texts or their update, in a direction close to the Orthodox biblical experience. The solution to these concerns can be rediscovered in the mutual completion with ecumenical connotations.

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