Parables: Bernard of Clairvaux's Mapping of Spiritual Topography

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BRILL, 2007 - History - 344 pages
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This volume is a study of spatial structures in Bernard of Clairvaux's "Parables," It lays out a spiritual topography which is linked to the rumination of the Bible. The topography ranges across such locations as Paradise, Babylon, the bridegroom's chamber, and the Celestial Jerusalem, and man navigates it in the character of "peregrinus" and "viator," The first part of the study addresses the spiritual topography and the hermeneutics of its mapping. The second and larger part examines each of Bernard's eight parables and the ways in which he reformulates issues central to monastic tradition - "militia Christi," for example, God's image and likeness in man, "contemptus mundi," the quest for beatitude - as voyages within spiritual landscapes.
 

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Contents

Topicandstructure
4
Theoreticalconsiderations
12
Chapter One Mappings
19
Bernardine mapping
29
Chapter Two Topographies
45
Chapter Three Topographical Anthropology
87
ChapterFour Memory
111
ChapterFive Conclusionandtransition
129
ChapterThree ParIIDeconflictuduorumregum
207
Chapter Four Par III De filio regis sedente super equum
229
Chapter Five Par IV De ecclesia quae captiva erat in Aegypto
251
ChapterSix ParVDetribusfiliabusregis
267
Chapter Seven Par VI De Aethiopissa quam filius regis duxit
271
Chapter Eight Par VII De octo beatitudinibus
291
Chapter Nine Par VIII De rege et servo quem dilexit
311
Generalindex
329

ChapterOne Introduction
135
ChapterTwo ParIDefilioregis
167

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Mette B. Bruun, Ph.D. (2000) in Theology, University of Aarhus, research fellow, Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals, University of Copenhagen, has published on Cistercians and co-edited anthologies on ritual and cultural history, e.g. The Appearances of Medieval Rituals (Brepols, 2004).

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