IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 710: The Culture of Exegesis in the 12th Century, II: From the Letter to the Sense - The Hermeneutics of Allegorical Interpretation

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden
Organisers:Christine Feld, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Ineke van 't Spijker, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Irene van Rossum, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden
Paper 710-aThe Literal and the Spiritual: Richard of Saint-Victor and the Multiple Meanings of Scripture
(Language: English)
Ineke van 't Spijker, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Theology
Paper 710-cLectio difficilior in the Context of 12th-Century New Testament Exegesis
(Language: English)
John J. Kitchen, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Theology
Abstract

The papers in the second session on the 12th-century culture of exegesis concentrate onn the hermeneutics of authors such as Hugh of Saint-Victor, Richard of Saint-Victor and others as they engage with the deeper meaning of biblical texts. Using the insights of modern literary and philosophical theory, the papers explore how authors explicitly address the relation between literal and allegorical meaning, but also how hermeneutics and cosmology are connected; and how the propbelsm of sometimes very perplexing biblical passages are addressed, shwoing how exegesis was a field where issues of interpretation of general cultural importance were raised and confronted.