Tag: #origen

Is ‘our daily bread’ daily? (Reflections on Gregory of Nyssa #8)

In Gregory of Nyssa’s fourth sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread,” we consider Gregory’s view on what was meant by ‘daily bread,’ and whether in adopting his view he was merely following the third-century theologian Origen, whom he much admired. Gregory of Nyssa was a fourth-century Christian theologian and

The three ‘levels of interpretation’ of Scripture

The early Christian theologians frequently interpreted Scripture in multiple different senses. For example, they often draw the distinction between the plain meaning of a passage, and its ‘spiritual’ sense. What’s important to realize is that any passage of Scripture can be interpreted in both senses. There is not a mutual exclusivity between the plain sense