Thursday, 29 September 2011

More than one way to skin a rabbit

Following on from yesterday's blog, I stumbled upon the following in my reading this morning - an old couplet, illustrating for the sake of the "simple", how to read Scripture. It loudly echoes the fourfold medieval way to which I briefly alluded.

"The Letter teaches events, 
Allegory what you should believe, 
Morality teaches you what you should do, 
Anagogy [mystical reading] what mark you should be aiming for"

Attributed to Augustine of Dacia (d. 1282), OP

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