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Like the Stoics he discovers this hidden meaning by etymology, often highly forced, and arithmology. 3 What does Philo endeavor to prove by means of this exegetical method? His fundamental theory is apologetic. In his mind many of the insights of Judaism, properly understood, do not differ from the highest insights of Greek philosophy. God revealed himself to the chosen people of Israel, but he revealed himself in no radically different way from the way in which he revealed himself to the 54 A SHORT HISTORY OF THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE Greeks.

13 His Commentary on the Gospel of John reflects his customary interest in the work of the Holy Spirit. He knew that in the Acts of the Apostles the Holy Spirit is not given the apostles until Pentecost; indeed, it is not even promised them until later than the 68 ‘A SHORT HISTORY OF THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE time described in John 20:22f. Theodore therefore held that the apostles never confessed the divinity of Christ during his earthly life, since they had not received the Spirit. They received this faith at Pentecost.

In discussing the relation of faith to reason he says: What reason teaches, faith understands, and where reason is lacking, faith leads the way. 30, 5281. Junilius, however, does not intend to use this principle for allegorization. He wishes to employ it in defense of Theodore’s limitation of the messianic texts in the Old Testament. 22, 5 18). Unlike Theodore, Junilius does not venture to reject books from the canon of scripture. But he sets up three classes of books, those of perfect authority, those of moderate authority, and those of none.

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