Series: Ressourcement: Retrieval and Renewal in Catholic Thought (RRRCT)
For many years biblical scholars were convinced that the Middle Ages was marked by a so-called pre-critical understanding of the Bible, with only a handful of isolated exceptions -- like Andrew of St. Victor -- popping up as precursors of the historical-critical method. Here, however, Henri de Lubac draws on extensive documentation to demonstrate that even among the Victorines traditional exegesis involving an interplay between the literal and spiritual senses of Scripture is a constant throughout medieval exegesis. The one exception -- a radically important one, de Lubac readily admits -- was Joachim of Flora, whose doctrine is considered in the final chapter of this volume.
This third English volume of de Lubac's monumental Medieval Exegesis
covers volume 2, part 1 of his French volume and includes both the original Latin notes and an English version of the sources.
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Catholic Press Association, First Place, Scripture (2010)
Robin D. Young
Catholic University of America
"In Medieval Exegesis one of the greatest Catholic thinkers of the twentieth century opens the way to exploration of the vast and intriguing but little-known land of medieval theology."
Glenn W. Olsen
University of Utah
"Exégése médiévale is one of the great achievements of twentieth-century scholarship."
Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J.
"The publication in English of de Lubac's Medieval Exegesis is an epochal event."
John L. Thompson
Fuller Theological Seminary
"Given the growing discontent and dissatisfaction with historical-critical exegesis among many biblical interpreters of our own generation, de Lubac's prescient essay offers a timely stimulant for those who wish to reconnect historical exegesis with the proclamation of the gospel."
"Magnificent. . . One can only stand in awe at de Lubac's learning and theological sensitivity."
Religious Studies Review
"A foundational study of the history and character of medieval biblical interpretation."
New Oxford Review
"Medieval Exegesis is even more timely and urgent today than it was four decades ago."