∞ Allegory and Metaphor

Jonathan Pennington has some helpful thoughts on allegory and metaphor using the story of the rich young ruler while looking back at past interpretations between the Reformers and the Church Fathers:

Specifically, what I mean is this — Any theological or applicational reading is metaphorical, substituting what is in the text for some idea or truth, reading the events or characters of a story for the purpose of saying something else. In this way, the difference between the Reformers’ reading and the oft-villified allegorical readings of the Fathers is shown to be a difference not of kind but only of form and judgment.

Read the whole thing here.

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