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The Letter and the Spirit

A History of Interpretation from Origen to Luther


Wai-Shing Chau

The Pauline antithesis of the letter and the spirit has been widely adopted by the church. But until now there has been no historical study of this concept. This book, in tracing the interpretation of this Pauline antithesis by seven major church fathers, attempts to show that the understanding of the letter and the spirit is closely related to the theological and hermeneutical principles of the various fathers.