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The Literal Sense Of Scripture According To Rupert Of Deutz

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Rupert of Deutz devoted most of his brief career to the interpretation of the Bible, producing within the span of twenty years commentaries on Job, the gospel of John, the Apocalypse, the twelve minor prophets, the gospel of Matthew, and the Song of Songs, as well as his massive exposition of the whole canon of Scripture, entitled De sancta Trinitate et operibus eius. This chapter discusses Ruperts handling of the literal-historical sense of Scripture, and illustrates some original features of his work. Ruperts interpretation of Scripture is essentially Trinitarian and Christological, and his reading of the Old Testament frequently conveys an explicit or implicit polemic against its Jewish interpreters. Where the text and the patristic tradition offer less scope for developing a Trinitarian or Christological theme, Rupert is apt to explore the literal sense with keen interest, drawing on a broad range of sources to clarify difficult readings.

Keywords: Bible; De sancta Trinitate et operibus eius; Jewish interpreters; Old Testament; Rupert of Deutz; scripture



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