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Fr. Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944): A study in the Eastern Orthodox hermeneutical perspective

Alexander I Negrov
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 1 | a544 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i1.544 | © 2002 Alexander I Negrov | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2002 | Published: 20 October 2002

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Alexander I Negrov, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

This study focuses on the hermeneutical theory of the Russian Orthodox theologian Fr. Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944). It singles out the basic principles of that theory for discussion. The following principles are considered: the nature of the  Bible; the role of the Holy  Spirit in biblical interpretation; tradition as a hermeneutical principle; ecclesiastical reading; the actualisation of Scripture in personal and corporate life,  and the scope and limitations of scientific-critical inquiry.    An understanding of these fundamental tenets of Bulgakov’s hermeneutics is vital to a proper appreciation of Eastern Orthodoxy’s hermeneutical approach to the Bible.  

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