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The Language and Logic of the Bible : The Earlier Middle Ages - G. R. Evans

The Language and Logic of the Bible

The Earlier Middle Ages

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Published: 20th January 1992
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This study looks at the assumptions within which students of the Bible in the West approached their reading, from Augustine to the end of the twelfth century, when new skills in grammar and logic made it possible to develop more refined critical methods and to apply fresh tools to the task.

'Many people will certainly be delighted, as I was, to read such clever and sympathetic pages about Rupert of Deutz, Abelard, Peter of Chanter, and of course (as Dr Evans is one of his most affectionate scholars) Anselm of Canterbury.' New Blackfrairs 'The presuppositions, methods and habits of Latin writers of the eleventh and twelfth centuries are learnedly examined and lucidly expounded, with a glance back to Augustine and Gregory ... The interplay of philosophy and tradition with sacred text makes fascinating reading.' Society for Old Testament Study Booklist 'Constant allusions to particular persons at concrete moments keep the narrative down to earth and unremote ... individuals are not subsumed beneath grand general categories ... The story is rather traced honestly, receptively, and flexibly from the works, practices, and life-histories of recognizable persons.' Journal of Theological Studies

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of abbreviationsp. x
List of ancient and mediaeval sourcesp. xi
Biographical notesp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
The Fathers on the Bible's languagep. 1
Lectio, disputatio, predicatiop. 8
The background
The monastic wayp. 13
Rupert of Deutz and 'holy reading'p. 13
Anselm of Canterbury: a new look at the Bible's languagep. 17
Bible study in the schoolsp. 27
The academic wayp. 27
Introducing the Biblep. 30
The use of the artesp. 31
A standard commentary: the Glossa Ordinariap. 37
Lectio: surface and depths
Words and things and numbersp. 51
Words and thingsp. 51
Numbersp. 59
The historical sense and historyp. 67
Exegesis and the theory of significationp. 72
The theory of significationp. 72
Impositionp. 76
Dictionariesp. 80
Grammar and practical criticismp. 85
Joint meanings: consignificationp. 87
More meaning than appears: implicitness in wordsp. 89
Implicit propositionsp. 91
No meaning on their ownp. 92
Transference of meaningp. 101
Similitudes and analogiesp. 101
Figures of speechp. 105
The four sensesp. 114
Disputatio
Questionsp. 125
Contradictory authoritiesp. 133
A new approach to resolving contradictionsp. 140
Conclusionp. 164
Notesp. 169
Select bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780521423939
ISBN-10: 0521423937
Series: Earlier Middle Ages
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 20th January 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.27