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Conclusion And Transition

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The topographical underpinning of Bernard's oeuvre consolidates a repeating pattern in the texts; a degree of sameness allowing for, and indeed promoting, moulding and differentiation. This textual repetition is congenial to the repetitive pattern of fall, restoration, and relapse. The basic thesis of this chapter is that in his work, Bernard addresses this navigation through a number of different genres within the broad categories of sermons, letters, and treatises. The chapter constitutes a frame of reference as well as a frame of interrogation for the textual analyses of the parables. Bernard's spiritual topography is set out with the Bible as its land and its hinterland. His texts work this context from within biblical passages read in the light of other biblical passages, and with the monastic demand for ruminating appropriation never out of mind.

Keywords: Bernard; biblical passages; parables; spiritual topography



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