Monday, October 5, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Author Interprets Scripture

Hence, although I am not in good health, I have undertaken this project, trusting not in myself, of course, but in the one who dictated this manner of composition for the Scriptures, as it belongs to him to bring to the fore the meaning concealed in the text. He it was, after all, who in the sacred Gospels presented his teaching in parables and then provided the interpretation of what he had said in riddles. My appeal, therefore, shall be to gain illumination of the mind from him, so I may endeavor to penetrate the innermost sanctuary of the most Holy Spirit.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Questions on the Octateuch, Preface, pp. 3-5 (2007), Robert C. Hill translator.