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  • Series: Ressourcement: Retrieval & Renewal in Catholic Thought
  • Paperback: 453 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; First American edition (October 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802841465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802841469
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Richard Lender on January 9, 2005
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"There are people who take great pains to twist the sense of the divine scriptures, and make everything written therein serve their own ends," the fourth-century Antiochene biblical scholar, Theodore of Mopsuestia once observed. "They dream up silly fables in their own heads and give their folly the name of allegory. They misuse the apostle's term as a blank authorization to abolish all meanings of divine scripture." The employment of allegory in scriptural exegesis as a bone of contention is not a new debate, but it seems not unreasonable to think that contemporary misunderstandings of it are not much less prevalent than in Theodore's day - a gap which the conciliar ressourcement movement sought eagerly to fill by returning to patristic sources. One of the earliest fruits of the ressourcement effort, Henri de Lubac's four volume Medieval Exegesis, is finally finding its way into English translation four decades later - but is no less welcome for the delay.

The latest volume now available in English, The Four Senses of Scripture, simultaneously presents vast learning with conceptual esotericism that is at times difficult to fully overcome without familiarity with the first volume in the series, let alone some minimal scholarly familiarity with the field of study. But that Volume 2 succeeds at a ressourcement of patristic and medieval scriptural exegesis - the "Queen of Arts" - is not open to dispute. De Lubac's familiarity with and employment of original sources is little short of staggering (with no less than 200 pages of footnotes, roughly half the throw weight of the book). St. Jerome once famously asked: "Has anyone read everything that Origen wrote?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura K on March 21, 2012
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It is difficult to begin Henri De Lubac's massive work Medieval Exegesis in four volumes because one doesn't quite know what is in store. I haven't found a list of chapter anywhere on the internet, so I will put them here. The first three volumes are now available in English, but the fourth is still in French, and I don't have any access to it or its contents.

If one had to start with a study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, I would recommend Beryl Smalley's book The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages. She has a heavy bias for the literal sense that drives her work and somewhat distorts history, but her work is well-written and more accessible than De Lubac's. She arranges her material chronologically while De Lubac writes thematically. Where as De Lubac is exhaustive in his citations and his references, Smalley is selective. Of the two works, I think De Lubac's is far better, but Smalley's is far more accessible. De Lubac's work can be consulted on topic, and his staggering amount (and quality) of end notes provide a treasure of sources for further individual topic study.

Here is the scope of Henri De Lubac's Medieval Exegesis: The Four Senses of Scripture:

Volume 1, Translated by Mark Sebanc, 1998.
Chapter 1: Theology, Scripture, and the Four-Fold Sense
Chapter 2: The Opposing Lists (historical evidence of the Fathers holding to either a three-sense list or a four-sense list)
Chapter 3: Patristic Origins (and in-depth introduction to Origen)
Chapter 4: The Latin Origen (and his successors)
Chapter 5: The Unity of the Two Testaments

Volume 2, Translated by E.M. Macierowski, 2000.
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By Eric McLuhan on November 2, 2013
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A superb introduction to the subject of the exegesis of scripture and of the debt owed to secular literature as a training-ground for technique.
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