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Can the church fathers help us interpret the Bible?

What obstacles do we have to overcome when interpreting the Bible? What do the fathers say about our disposition as interpreters when approaching the text? In what sense do the fathers read the Old Testament Christologically?

In this new Credo Video, Craig Carter explains how the church fathers inform our hermeneutic. Listen to Carter as he uses Augustine to demonstrate the type of depth the fathers bring to the text. Watch other videos like this one on the Credo Video page.

Craig A. Carter

Craig A. Carter is the author of Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis (Baker Academic, 2018) and Contemplating God with the Great Tradition: Recovering Trinitarian Classical Theism (Baker Academic, 2021). He is currently writing a third volume in the Great Tradition trilogy on the recovery of Nicene metaphysics. Other upcoming projects include an introduction to Theology in the Great Tradition and a theological commentary on Isaiah. He serves as Research Professor of Theology at Tyndale University in Toronto and as Theologian in Residence at Westney Heights Baptist Church. His personal website is and you can follow him on Twitter.

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