Old Testament Christology

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. […] Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?

Antiphons to Old Testament texts, in their tropes. How else?

Can you really expect, after all, to have no glosses to Scripture? If you pretend to have none, the devices and desires of your own heart will supply them, conditioned as they are by the biases of your time and place. You think you’re escaping the Matrix, but you’re only inside another one. Tradition is how the Church, by the Holy Spirit’s help, has attempted to understand the God revealed in Christ and proclaimed without error in holy Scripture.

Glosses attempt, with deference to the Holy Spirit as he has led the Church through the ages, to read Scripture according to Christ’s word that the Scriptures, all of them, bear witness about him and teach the believer to come to Christ and thus have life. The Hebrew Scriptures speak to their own times through the hearts of the human authors, but by the power of the Holy Spirit they also shed light on the truth of Christ, revealing the glory of the Shekinah. Jesus glosses this into the New Creation, interpreting Scripture with his unique mission as controlling hermeneutic.

A new (or very ancient) originalism: God the originator (the רוּחַ), man the bearer (the אֲדָמָה) of the word; Holy Spirit the originator, Mother Church the Theotokos. And we sing it in typological tropes, in poetry and song, that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts.


4 responses to “Old Testament Christology

  1. Jesus glosses scripture, and in fact the rest of scripture glosses what has come before. Glosses upon glosses (and who will gloss the glosses?). That is why when we move ad fontes we move through all that has come before.


    • Fundamentalists would drop all glosses in search of their own reading of the original meaning and pretend Jesus BSed everything by divine fiat under the expectation that miraculous signs would negate the need to interpret Scripture.


  2. I admire the desire to let God be true and every man a liar. But fundamentalists are suicide bombers who terrorize the scriptures to their own destruction. That’s what the news tells me, at least.


    • It’s true that Jesus did a lot of enigmatic things and even gave a lot of glosses that make our heads spin, so as you say, we have glosses upon glosses. If we’re to let God be true, we’ll need in any case to learn about these legitimate readings from God in our human community, knowing that the Holy Spirit guides the Church.

      You mean Christian fundamentalists too, right?


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