"Figural Reading in the Book of the Cave of Treasures: Recovering an Interpretive Tradition"

Bibliographic Information: 

Bunnell, Brian W. "Figural Reading in the Book of the Cave of Treasures: Recovering an Interpretive Tradition." Fites et Humilitas 1 (2014): 7-27.

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The purpose of this essay is to recover the interpretive tradition of figural reading depicted in the Syriac Book of the Cave of Treasures (c. late 6th–early 7th century). Throughout his extended fifty four chapter narrative that recounts the story of biblical history from creation to Pentecost, the author uses the interpretive approach of figural reading as a means to unite the biblical story and provide cohesion. This essay will be divided into two sections. First, the textual history, literary character, and theological message of The Cave of Treasures (CT) will be introduced. Second, a taxonomy representative of the author’s figural interpretations will be presented under five headings: 1) Adam-Christ Readings; 2) Soteriological Readings; 3) Christological Readings; 4) Ecclesiological Readings; and, 5) Cessation-Replacement Readings.

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The Journal of the Center for Ancient Christian Studies
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