Some points of my are:
- historical eras are fluid
- our pictures of these eras are most often established by the receptional "winner"-era and do not describe the reality back then
- to understand the in the () you have to understand thei use of literal genres - i.e. you can not find various "vital" religious behaviour in a dogmatic stripture because this is not made for the religious live but for the religious knowning

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@obliqua that last point is interesting and I think would have resonance across traditions. For example, Mennonite Brethren (who had Lutheran influences back during their time in Russia; Germanic folk stuck together somewhat), approached Scripture with the belief that it was a Spirit-led reading of the Bible that led to a good life, not just Scripture on its own.

@declawedboys i think (but i might get it wrong) that this is not the same as my last point. It is, in my opinion, more a position in the dogmatic cotroversial of 'understanding zhe scripture' than a question of how theology was done.

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