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Dante famously outlines these four levels in both the Convivio and the (possibly non-authorial) Epistle to Can Grande, in which he suggests their application to his own Commedia: the literal or historical level, (21) such as the historical fact of the Israelites' flight from Egypt; the typological or allegorical level, which most commonly matches events in the Old Testament with the life of Christ; the moral or tropological level, which reveals how one should behave; and the anagogical or mystical level, which is concerned with salvation and salvation history, including the afterlife and the Last Judgment.
Conflating the moral and anagogical level of allegory, the play works on the eschatological theme constructing its characters in the context of a political discussion on the nature of kingship.
The three other traditional approaches to scripture -- allegorical, anagogical, and tropological -- were shoved aside.
He x-rays a text to trace anagogical bones that support it.
The "spiritual" meaning of a text encompasses the three traditional levels of spiritual exegesis: the allegorical, which David Jeffrey describes as the "application of Scripture's meaning to the life of the Church" or to doctrine (8); the moral (or tropological); and the anagogical (or eschatological).
But it is also from the fourth, final, and most anagogical of the gospels.
15) Until the time of the Reformation, a fourfold method of interpretation was widely practiced: literal, allegorical, tropological (ethical), and anagogical (eschatological).
Under "allegorical," here and throughout, I am subsuming three different "senses of sacred Scripture" that the medieval mind, in particular, generally, took pains to distinguish, namely the allegorical, the anagogical, and the tropological (or moral).
Focusing on the Reformist substitution of unequivocal literal readings of Scripture for the web of multiple meanings occasioned by allegorical, moral, and anagogical interpretations introduced by the Patristic writers and endlessly elaborated by their followers, Harrison substantially adumbrates the conventional associations of Protestantism in general and Puritanism in particular with the rise of natural science, for he argues that it was precisely this radical and novel approach to the Bible that acted as the "specific agent" or "major catalyst" of the scientific revolution.
The tone and pace change as the author stresses the anagogical significance of the events with all the schoolman's pedantic dissection of elements and their ordering into a pious sequence.
Embracing a richly Thomistic Catholic theology, both Tolkien (2) and O'Connor (3) employ the fantastic and the grotesque elements respectively in order to create what Alison Milbank terms a "defamilarizing" effect through which reality is distorted or altered in fiction so that readers might recover an anagogical vision of the reality that has waned in the post-Enlightenment West.
Central to the grammarians' task of exegesis was the fourfold interpretation of the literal, allegorical, tropological, and anagogical levels of any given passage or of any given topic in nature.
The Orchards of Syon" of the title can have (like medieval biblical interpretations) literal, moral, allegorical, and anagogical meanings.
Although the universalist MacDonald took issue with Dante's understanding of hell and punishment, Hein claims that he is very close to Dante's understanding of the allegorical, and particularly the anagogical, meaning of his own work (notwithstanding MacDonald's criticism of allegory in "The Fantastic Imagination").
O'Connor's Use of Symbol as Anagogical Symbolic Realism
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