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History of Interpretation

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Originating as a series of lectures at the University of Oxford in 1885, this book by Bible scholar F. W. Farrar surveys the history of biblical interpretation from the early Jewish rabbis through his own time. Contents includes: Success and Failure of Exegesis, Rabbinic Exegesis, Alexandrian Exegesis, Patristic Exegesis, Scholastic Exegesis, The Reformers, Post-Reformation Epoch, and Modern Exegesis.

Praise for the Print Edition

There is nothing in English to replace the old work by Frederic W. Farrar.

—Dr. Vern S. Poythress, Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation

...a worthy counterpart to Schleiermacher...

—Donald K. McKim, Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters

...a work of real merit which took years of painstaking research to produce.

—Cyril J. Barber, Author, The Minister's Library

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  • Author: Frederic W. Farrar
  • Publication Date: 1886
  • Pages: 553
Frederic Farrar

Frederic William Farrar (August 7, 1831–March 22, 1903), an English clergyman and author, was born in Bombay, India, and educated in England. In 1876 he was installed canon of Westminster and rector of St. Margaret’s. He became archdeacon of Westminster in 1883 and in 1885 he was appointed Bampton lecturer at Oxford, and took for his subject “The History of Interpretation.” He was appointed dean of Canterbury in 1895, in which capacity he served until his death. He was influential in the spread of the “Broad Church” movement and was one of the founders of the institution known as the Anglican Brotherhood. His writings cover a wide range, from school stories to Scripture commentaries and theological studies. His Life of Christ (1874) and Eternal Hope (1878) have seen several editions.

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