Hermeneutics in Light of Christ’s Relationship to His Body

Matthew Patton speaks about Augustine’s hermeneutical principle totus Christus, which recognizes an interpretive role for the Church in that the “whole Christ” (head and body) serves as the eschatological fulfillment of the Old Testament. Dr. Patton delivered a paper titled, “Totus Christus as Hermeneutical Key for a Christian Reading of Jeremiah,” at the 2017 National Convention of the Evangelical Theological Society. Rev. Dr. Patton is the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Vandalia, Ohio. Dr. Patton is the author of Deuteronomy: A 12-Week Study in Crossway’s Knowing the Bible series.

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James Gray

2 years ago

Dr. Camden Bucey,

Could you post a link to the paper that Matthew Patton gave, “Totus Christus as Hermeneutical Key for a Christian Reading of Jeremiah,” or provide a copy of the paper. I found your discussion of the paper very interesting and I learned a lot from everyone insights.
Thank you very much for everything you do.


James Gray

Camden Bucey

2 years ago


We’ll see if we can post the paper. I’m not sure if it’s getting published, in which case, we probably won’t be able to distribute it. I’ll follow up.

Eric Seelye

2 years ago

If it will be published, some info on the journal (a link?) would be great! Thanks!

Ray Call

2 years ago

Thanks for a fascinating discussion. Food for thought. I appreciate Matthew Paton’s humble approach as he explained this concept and how others in the Church at large who may have inappropriately handled texts.

Camden Bucey

2 years ago

Thanks Ray. I enjoyed it. Matthew is always a good friend and a great guest. I’m hoping we can speak with him about Deuteronomy in the near future.

Randolph H Sperger

2 years ago

Awesome discussion of a new concept for me… Totus Christus. By the way your program is a great blessing to my life and ministry in and from Costa Rica to the nations. It is hard to find deep and sound biblical thinking and discussion these days. Thanks for all your hard work.


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