Entertainment / Literature / Exegesis: (1) In Roman times, the term exegesis applied to professional government interpretation of omens, dreams, and sacred laws, as Cuddon notes (315). (2) In post-Roman times, more commonly exegesis is scholarly or theological interpretation of the Bible. See discussion under fourfold interpretation.


Entertainment / Literature / Allegory: The word derives from the Greek allegoria (speaking otherwise'). The term loosely describes any writing in verse or prose that has a double meaning. This narrative acts as an extended metaphor in whic MORE

Patrologia Latina

Entertainment / Literature / Patrologia Latina: A famous (or perhaps infamous) scholarly collection of 228+ fat volumes of biblical and theological commentary that has been both a boon and bane to twentieth-century medieval scholarship. The Patrolo MORE

Fourfold Interpretation

Entertainment / Literature / Fourfold Interpretation: In the twelfth century, fourfold interpretation was a model for reading biblical texts according to one of four possible levels of meaning. The idea had a profound influence on exegesis and theology, MORE