Conquering the Promised Land

Gregory of Nyssa Shifting Origen’s Impact
  • Victor Yudin
Part of the Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue book series (PEID)


In teaching Catechism at any level,1 one is often confronted with the issue of how to interpret some particularly controversial sections of biblical stories. The main issue raised in one biblical book seemingly contradicts the main statement of another following book. Especially within the books of the Old Testament, we are confronted with this phenomenon. Although the problem strikes most of us individually, this difficulty is a traditional problem in biblical research.


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