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Giordano Bruno’s Hermeneutics: Observations On The Bible In De Monade (1591)

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Giordano Bruno?s observations on the Bible can be contextualized within the history of science. The passage in De monade exposing Bruno?s theory of nine levels of meaning in the Bible, and in other divinely inspired texts, has not been considered in the authoritative studies on biblical exegesis by Lubac, Harrison and Griffiths. Moreover, the passage in De monade exposing this hermeneutics of his has not been studied by Bruno scholars, neither by those working on his Bible commentary, nor by those working on his De monade. The chapter examines one of the historiographical reasons for the scant attention, which this aspect of Bruno?s thought has received. It explains the passage in De monade in which we find his theory about the nine levels of meaning in the Bible and in other divinely inspired texts. The chapter discusses Bruno?s applications of this hermeneutic theory outside De monade.

Keywords: Bible; divine language; Giordano Bruno; historiographical tool



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