Monday, October 24, 2005

Quote for the Day: Exegetical Amnesia

(See previous quote here.)

"The past is certainly full of nonsense to be unlearned, and surely our predecessors were ignorant of all sorts of things now known. And of course they had prejudices we cannot tolerate. But then all this will likewise be the future's verdict upon us, and we like to think that we still have some useful things to say. I submit that it is the same with those who came before us, and sometimes we may move forward by going backwards." (Dale Allison, "Forgetting the Past", The Downside Review, Vol 120, No 421, p 269)


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