Sunday, August 30, 2009

John Chrysostom: Interpretation of Scripture Falls to Believers

Let us make a human being in our image. Let the Jew give heed: to whom does God say, Let us make? The text is from Moses, from Moses in whom they claim to believe, though in fact they lie. For proof that they lie and do not believe, listen to Christ talking to them and saying, "If you believed Moses, you would believe in me." [John 5:46] Now, while the books are from them, the treasure of the books now belongs to us; if the text is from them, both the text and meaning belong to us.

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Sermon 2 on Genesis, in St. John Chrysostom, Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis, pp. 44-45 (2004), Robert C. Hill translator.