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date: 19 January 2021

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This article covers two interrelated sets of issues. The first set of issues deals with how Christians ought to think theologically about scripture. The second set describes the ways in which such theological thinking about scripture shapes the ways that Christians might interpret scripture theologically. Of course, it is not always clear how to separate theological thinking about scripture from theological interpretation of scripture, since much of the former is closely connected to Christian views of God, the world, and God's relations with the world that are themselves drawn in various ways from scripture. Indeed, as Origen's On First Principles and Augustine' On Christian Teaching indicate, these issues were traditionally treated together. The article treats these as two distinct topics for the sake of organizational clarity.

Keywords: Christianity, scripture, theological thinking, Origen, On Christian Teaching, On First Principles, Augustine

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