In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
"While there are certain standards such as the Rule of Faith that ensure the preservation of the authority and authenticity of Scripture, there were many conditions during the early formation of Scripture that impacted its interpretation and consideration. As with any significant theological or philosophical work, there were many varying interpretations of Scripture introduced by key figures of the time period, and several of these influential schools of thought will be considered in this work. In particular, the Antiochene and Alexandrian methods of biblical interpretation, the Vincentian canon, and teachings introduced both by early church fathers and heretical leaders will be presented. In addition, a discussion of the various reasons why interpretation is unavoidable when considering Scripture will also be conveyed, as it appears in the following section."
"The Patristic and Medieval Church,"
Verbum: Vol. 8
, Article 2.
Available at: http://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/verbum/vol8/iss2/2