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Allegorizing History : The Venerable Bede, Figural Exegesis and Historical Theory - Timothy J. Furry

Allegorizing History

The Venerable Bede, Figural Exegesis and Historical Theory

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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.

"[...]the ambition of this book excites. More scholars - Christians and non-Christians alike - should reevaluate philosophy of history from a medieval perspective." -Nathan J. Ristuccia, Reviews in Religion and Theology vol. 22, issue 2 , March 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 "Furry's lucid style, helpful analogies, and impressive grasp of his multifarious series of interlocking subjects are sure to delight any careful reader who is interested in how the past relates to the present. A careful work such as this merits careful attention." -Josh Bruce, The Expository Times, Vol. 127 No. 11, August 2016 "Furry does an admirable job of displaying how commitments elsewhere affect the writing of history. His apologetic for Christian figural readings of history is insightful, and one hopes he will make good on his promise to extend it further! More specialized in scope, this book would appeal to masters of doctoral students interested in the areas of historical theory, philosophy of language, and theology of creation." -Jonathan Douglas Hicks, Theological Book Review, Vol. 26 No. 2, 2015

List of Images Acknowledgments Introduction 1 (Re)Framing History: A Contemporary Historiography of Bede's Historia 2 Can History Be Figural? A Study of Bede's Ecclesiastical Historia and De Templo 3 I nterpreting Genesis: Creation and the Relationship between the Literal and Figural Senses 4 Anachronism and the Status of the Past in Bede's Historia and Figural Exegesis 5 Bede and Frank Ankersmit: The Inevitability of Figural History Conclusion Index

ISBN: 9780227174241
ISBN-10: 0227174240
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 29th May 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25