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Parabola III, De Filio Regis Sedente Super Equum

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Parabola III (Par III) presents a narrativization of the dialectic between ascetic progression and relapse which is otherwise depicted in De gradibus humilitatis et superbiae. The parable does not have the simultaneity of the treatise; here the tension takes the form of a development from lapse to retained progression. Par III zooms in on actors proceeding from Babylon and Jerusalem respectively, and on the forces which motivate them. Like Par I, this parable directs its attention to one single person, thereby offering a clear point of identification. It differs significantly from the other parables, except from Par VII, in being more elaborate in the description of the restitution of its protagonist. This parable primarily gives occasion for a discussion of the way in which the topographical point of view is conveyed and the way in which the audience are to apply this topography.

Keywords: Babylon; De gradibus humilitatis et superbiae; Jerusalem; Parabola III; spiritual topography



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