The purpose of the thesis is to analyse Hilary's
interpretation of the Bible, particularly in his strictly
exegetical works, in order to clarify the relationship
betucen his exegetical method and his systematic theology
as a whole.
First the development of the commentary structure
in the history of interpretation is traced, with particular
reference "to matters of structure and interijretation
relevant to Hilary's own work. There follows an analysis
of the commentary on St. Matthew's Gospel, and of the
central role of the interaction of literary structure and
basic theological conception in the interpretation of the
Attention then turns to the Be Trinitate, in which the
interplay of exegesis and theology in the rather different
relationship arising from more strictly systematic theology
is examined. This study then serves as a guide to consideration of the relationship in Hilary's exegesis of the Psalms.
The results may be summarised as follows: beginning
from the traditional western exegetical techniques in the
work on 3t. Matthew, Hilary develops, with the aid of the
theological concentration on the incarnation in the Be
'Trinitate, a greater versatility in the use of new techniques,
some from the eastern tradition, the latest stages being
exemplified in the work on the Psalms.
After the assessment of the various stages of development
Use other side if necessary.
an attempt is made to relate the problem of exegesis and
method in Hilary to similar problems in contemporary
theology, and to indicate areas in which the use of
patristic texts nay assist the development of solutions to