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What is history? This question can be taken in many ways, including radically skeptical ones, but in 'Allegorizing History' Timothy J. Furry asks the questions not with that axe to grind but because it has become clear to him, through study of Bede and other ancient Christians, that history is not so simple. To be sure, many, if not all scholars, know that thanks to the work of postmodern philosophers and twentieth-century historical theorists like R.G. Collingwood, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Hayden White. In this work, Furry shows that there are competing notions and purposes of historical practice, more specifically between Bede and the scholars who have recently studied him. Moreover, he explaisn why this difference matters and what implications result from such competing notions and practices of history, especially in the exegesis of Scripture as well as how exegesis also influences conceptions of history. Following a tradition of historians and theologians who have sought to blur the lines between theology and other disciplines, Furry explores how, if biblical exegesis was not an isolated discipline for ancient and medieval Christians, then its effects should be seen in other arenas. His argument here is that one of these arenas or disciplines is history.
"[T]he ambition of this book excites." Nathan J. Ristuccia, Reviews in Religion & Theology, vol 22, issues 1, January 2015; "Furry has worthwhile things to say about the importance of reading Bede with serious theological interest; he has correctly noted the important differences between Bede's and Agustine's approaches to Genesis 1 and provides some valuable discussion of those differences." - Conor O'Brien, Journal of Theological Studies, vol 66 issue 1, April 2015
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 29th May 2014
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.2 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.25