Bernard of Clairvaux on the Song of Songs: a Contemporary Encounter With Contemplative Aspirations

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/288656
Title:
Bernard of Clairvaux on the Song of Songs: a Contemporary Encounter With Contemplative Aspirations
Authors:
Mols, Michael John
Abstract:
Recent scholarship in biblical interpretation has remained suspicious of the "allegorical" approach to scripture, presumed as common to Medieval Christianity, and Bernard of Clairvaux is often acknowledged as paradigmatic of contemplative exegesis. Bernard's Sermons on the Song of Songs is often alleged to be an ultimate example of the dangers of monastic "allegorizing," in that such an approach lacks any consistency of method and maintains an ideological stance that is suspicious of and ultimately rejects the nature of bodily existence. This thesis counters these claims by utilizing the work of contemporary medievalists, instead of contemporary biblical exegetes, as a lens in a close reading of Bernard's Sermones Super Cantica, as well as his textual interaction with Peter Abelard and Peter the Venerable. This thesis suggests that Bernard is consistent in his method of performative reading and holds bodily existence as vital to the monastic and broader Christian way of life.
Advisors:
Sweetman, Robert
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
Aug-2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/288656
Additional Links:
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/002/MR43122.PDF
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Keywords:
Bernard, of Clairvaux, Saint, 1090 or 91-1153; Bible. Song of Solomon; Theology--Philosophy
Rights:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
Rights holder:
This Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.
Degree Title:
Master of Arts (Philosophy)
Appears in Collections:
Older Masters Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorSweetman, Roberten_GB
dc.contributor.authorMols, Michael Johnen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-08T17:45:50Z-
dc.date.available2013-05-08T17:45:50Z-
dc.date.availableNO_RESTRICTIONen_GB
dc.date.issued2007-08-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/288656-
dc.description.abstractRecent scholarship in biblical interpretation has remained suspicious of the "allegorical" approach to scripture, presumed as common to Medieval Christianity, and Bernard of Clairvaux is often acknowledged as paradigmatic of contemplative exegesis. Bernard's Sermons on the Song of Songs is often alleged to be an ultimate example of the dangers of monastic "allegorizing," in that such an approach lacks any consistency of method and maintains an ideological stance that is suspicious of and ultimately rejects the nature of bodily existence. This thesis counters these claims by utilizing the work of contemporary medievalists, instead of contemporary biblical exegetes, as a lens in a close reading of Bernard's Sermones Super Cantica, as well as his textual interaction with Peter Abelard and Peter the Venerable. This thesis suggests that Bernard is consistent in his method of performative reading and holds bodily existence as vital to the monastic and broader Christian way of life.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/002/MR43122.PDFen_GB
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/-
dc.subjectBernard, of Clairvaux, Saint, 1090 or 91-1153en_GB
dc.subjectBible. Song of Solomonen_GB
dc.subjectTheology--Philosophyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshTheology--Philosophyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshBible. Song of Solomonen_GB
dc.subject.lcshBernard, of Clairvaux, Saint, 1090 or 91-1153en_GB
dc.titleBernard of Clairvaux on the Song of Songs: a Contemporary Encounter With Contemplative Aspirationsen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.type.degreetitleMaster of Arts (Philosophy)en_GB
dc.rights.holderThis Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.en_GB
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