Sustained, disciplined reading of this series is an outstanding way for a local pastor to engage with the participants in a great collective effort to renew the faithful interpretation of the Scriptures in and for the Church.
For L.S. Thornton, “what is given to us in the gospels is the revealed Word of God, whether verbally identical with Christ’s spoken word or not.”
Lionel S. Thornton (1884-1960) was far and away the most prolific and talented practitioner of figural exegesis in the 20th century, as well as its most consistent theorist.
Trench took the whole of Scripture and attempted to hold it together at once in his mind in order to step back and examine it in its allness, and to say something about its character.
Spiritual exegesis is part and parcel of the Oxford Movement's efforts to help the English church recover her capacity to see and to enjoy the kind of vision of God, which is compellingly attractive, which is the beginning and end of Christian life.