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The influences on Calvin's hermeneutics and the development of his method

Jun Ahn Myung
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 55, No 1 | a1552 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v55i1.1552 | © 1999 Jun Ahn Myung | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 1999 | Published: 13 December 1999

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Jun Ahn Myung, Department of Theology, Pyongtaek University, Korea, South Africa

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The article deals with Chrysostom and the humanists Valla, Budi and Erasmus who influenced Calvin's hermeneutics. Calvin appreciated Chrysostom's rejection of the allegorical interpretation and his emphasison the 'simple sense of the text'. The article aims at showing how Chrysostom and the humanists afected Calvin's hermeneutics of interpreting the 'intention of the author of Scripture' (mens scriptoris) and seeing the 'true meaning' of the text as, simply and briefly, (brevitas etfacilitas) as possible.


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