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Medieval Exegesis : The Four Senses of Scripture, Vol. 2 (Ressourcement: Retrieval & Renewal in Catholic Thought) (Ressourcement: Retrieval and Renewal in Catholic Thought (RRRCT)) Paperback – October 4, 2000
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So what's his argument? I'm not sure. (I'm kidding). On de Lubac's reading, allegory isn't the wax nose that it would later become. Rather, Allegory is when one thing is being accomplished and another pre-figured (de Lubac 7). Sounds a lot like modern typology. The “mystic sense”of Scripture refers to a reality ‘hidden in God’ and then revealed to mankind in Christ (20). And the movement from history to eschatology (anagogy) isn't completely arbitrary. It unfolds within the prior historical moment of the Incarnate Word. The object of allegory is a reality of things to come (94). It is an opposition of sign and thing signified within a single duration (95). History, in short, can never fully contain that which it foretells. Allegory, then, is an irruption from the historia into the allegoria, what de Lubac calls “another dimension” (95). Interiority: not necessarily the inner life, but the interiority of the mystery (97). These “hidden facts have an inside,” which is salvific (98).
I'm not sure if I recommend this book. It is very expensive and crowded with citations that don't always add to his argument, leaving the actual argument in fog. And I say this as someone who loves de Lubac's work. Read Boersma instead.
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.
Chapter 6: Names and Number of the Biblical Senses
Chapter 7: The Foundation of History
Chapter 8: Allegory, Sense of the Faith
Chapter 9: Mystical Tropology
Chapter 10 Anagogy and Eschatology
Volume 3, Translated by E.M. Macierowski, 2009.
Chapter 1: Berno of Reichenau
Chapter 2: Subjectivism and Spiritual Understanding
Chapter 3: A Lineage Stemming from Jerome?
Chapter 4: Hugh of St. Victor
Chapter 5: The Victorine School
Chapter 6: Joachim of Flora
Volume 4, TBD?
Here is the scope of Beryl Smalley's The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages (2nd edition):
Chapter 1: The Fathers (The Letter and the Spirit, Lectio Divina)
Chapter 2: Monastic and Cathedral Schools (Carolingian Revival, Gloss, Quaestio)
Chapter 3: The Victorines (Hugh and Richard)
Chapter 4: Andrew of St. Victor (including his Jewish sources and his pupil, Herbert of Bosham)
Chapter 5: Masters of the Sacred Page (Comestor, the Chanter, Stephen Langton)
Chapter 6: The Friars (Including the advent of Aristotle)