Iohannes Scottus Eriugena

The Bible and Hermeneutics. Proceedings of the Ninth International Colloquium of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies, Leuven - Louvain-la-Neuve, June 7-10, 1995

Carlos Steel (Editor), James Mc Evoy (Editor), Gerd Van Riel (Editor),

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 20

Category: Philosophy

Language: English

ISBN: 9789061867364

Publication date: January 1, 1996

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Number of pages: 249

Size: 240 x 160 x mm

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In the month of June, 1995, the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies held its ninth International Colloquium at Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve. The Colloquium was devoted to Eriugena’s hermeneutics and his interpretation of the Bible.

The feature of Biblical hermeneutics is of main interest for a thinker like Eriugena. For him the source and the end of all truth is the understanding of Sacred Scripture. To unravel this inconcussa auctoritas diuinae Scripturae all hermeneutical skills have to be brought into play, in order to give rise to a true spiritual understanding of the Bible.

This volume contains the contributions presented at the Colloquium, which shed light on numerous aspects of Eriugena’s hermeneutics of Scripture. Without imposing too rigid a classification, the contributions to this book can be listed under four headings. The first two studies present large-scale tableaux, establishing the context within which Eriugena undertook his biblical studies. In a second group of articles, attention is paid more directly to the specifically Eriugenian method of understanding Sacred Scripture. The theoretical aspects of Eriugena’s exegesis, as established in the second part, are adapted in the third, in which Eriugena’s interpretation of particular Biblical texts is investigated. The fourth and last heading, then, would contain studies in the range and method of Eriugena’s exegesis, with particular attention to manuscript sources, and to new texts to be included into the opera of John Scottus.

A bibliographical survey is added to the volume. It is intended to complement the work of M. BRENNAN, A Guide to Eriugenian Studies. A Survey of Publications 1930-1987 / Guide des études érigéniennes. Bibliographie commentée des publications 1930-1987 (Vestigia, 5), Fribourg (Éditions Universitaires)/Paris (Éditions du Cerf), 1989. Given the ever-increasing interest in the study of Eriugena and the corresponding growth in the number of publications dedicated to Eriugena’s life, work, and influence, the editors believed it would be beneficial to provide a bibliographical survey for the period from 1987 onwards. The large number of references from this relatively brief period can be considered as amply justifying this enterprise.

List of Contributors
Abbreviations of Editions

Introduction. News and Views on Eriugena’s Hermeneutics
James McEvoy

Carolingian Biblical Culture
John J. Contreni

The Irish Tradition of Biblical Exegesis, A.D. 550-800
Martin McNamara

The Originality of Eriugena’s Spiritual Exegesis
Bernard McGinn

The Parallelism of Nature and Scripture: Reflections on Eriugena’s Incarnational ExegesisWillemien Otten

Biblical Contradictions in the Periphyseon and the Development of Eriugena’s Method
Thomas o’ Loughlin

Le rà´le herméneutique de la foi dans la pensée érigénienne
José Luis Cantón Alsonso

Scriptural Truth in the Periphyseon
Jack C. Marler

The Eriugenian Concept of Theology: John the Evangelist as the Model Theologian
Agnieszka Kijewska

Five Wise Virgins: Theosis and Return in Periphyseon V
Deirdre Carabine

Primordiales Causae in Eriugena’s Interpretation of Genesis: Sources and Significance
Robert D. Crouse

Denial or Promise of the Tree of Life? Eriugena, Augustine and Genesis 3:22b
Donald F. Duclow

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
Carlos Steel

Eriugena’s Ars Rhetorica: Theory and Practice
Stephen Gersh

Grammar and Dialectic: A Topical Issue in the Ninth Century
Anneli Luhtala

John Scottus and the Biblical Manuscripts Attributed to the Circle of Sedulius
Michael W. Herren

Recherches sur les ‘Tractatus in Matheum‘ attribués à Jean Scot
Gustavo A. Piemonte

Artifex Scriptura
Édouard Jeauneau

A Bibliographical Survey of Eriugenian Studies 1987-1995
Gerd Van Riel


Carlos Steel

Carlos Steel is emeritus professor of ancient and medieval philosophy at KU Leuven and director of the “Aristoteles Latinus” project.

James Mc Evoy

Gerd Van RielORCID icon

Gerd Van Riel is professor of ancient philosophy at the KU Leuven Institute of Philosophy.

Gerd Van Riel is als gewoon hoogleraar antieke filosofie verbonden aan het Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte (De Wulf-Mansioncentrum) van de KU Leuven. Zijn specialisatiedomein is de filosofie van Plato en de Platoonse traditie.

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