St Cassian and the four senses

How should learners be taught to find sense in biblical text?  Should we prepare them to be able to find a justification for anything by learning a bank of quotes for deployment against any answer? When evaluating different ways of reading Biblical texts, do we encourage students to learn how Christians have explored those texts in the past?

I was exploring that question when a colleague from another university encouraged me to look at St Cassian’s four sense of text, which is said to have guided the way Christians made sense of the Bible for a thousand years.

Here are some interesting links:

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/catechism/index.cfm?recnum=467

http://catholicism.org/the-four-senses-of-scripture.html

http://www.usccb.org/bible/national-bible-week/upload/viviano-senses-scripture.pdf

http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/350814.htm

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/82164.htm

Of course

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