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The Jewish Pardes Metaphor As Reflected In The Magical Garden Of A Christian Knight

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This chapter focuses on a reading of the final quest in the medieval romance by Chrétien de Troyes, the Erec et Enide. It demonstrates how the reading of a Christian romance in light of Jewish tradition may prove as a useful interpretive tool for probing the depths of the anagogical level in a given text. One may ask what proof can be offered that Chrétien was even familiar with the Jewish texts, more so as the research done until now did not yield much fruit regarding the poets life. The author answers that if indeed the metaphor of the Jewish Pardes constitutes an interpretive key that helps to clarify how the poet meant it to be the climax of the heros spiritual development, then that in itself provides the textual evidence legitimating a claim of existing links between Jewish tradition and a single Christian author called Chrétien de Troyes.

Keywords: Chrétien de Troyes; Christian romance; Erec et Enide; Jewish Pardes metaphor

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