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Biblical Interpretation

The Bible comes to us from different ages and cultures from our own and in different languages from our own. It is necessary, therefore, that it should be interpreted so each generation of Christians in their own setting may understand its meaning. By the first century a.d. there were a number of different approaches to the interpretation of the OT. Philo* of Alexandria used the method of allegory to bring out of the text of the OT, including what appear to be literal historical narratives, the philosophies of Platonism, Stoicism, and neo-Pythagoreanism.