Formulae of St. Eucherius of Lyons
by St. Eucherius of Lyons
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In the early fifth century, St. Eucherius became famous across southeastern Gaul for
his piety and asceticism. In his Formulae, he lays out a method for acquiring
spiritual knowledge through the study of the Holy Scripture. He suggests ways to
interpret the meanings behind the names of God, the places mentioned by the biblical
authors, the symbolism used in biblical poetry, and the history of the Israelite nation.
After each statement, St. Eucherius cites at least one supporting passage of scripture. The
Formulae provide a fascinating insight into the biblical hermeneutics of the early
medieval period of Christianity.
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