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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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From the Limbs of the Heart to the Soul’s Organs

From the Limbs of the Heart to the Soul’s Organs

(p.92) From the Limbs of the Heart to the Soul’s Organs
Carnal Hermeneutics

Jean-Louis Chrétien

Fordham University Press

This chapter offers a hermeneutic retrieval of the biblical Song of Songs. Developing and expanding on classical commentaries from Origen, St. Augustine, Gregory the Great, and others, the author maps the homonymous isomorphism of the “inner man” and the “outer man” through detailed accounts of the eyes, ears, hands, heart, and other bodily parts. This account of the body as the world-bearer through which meaning reaches and through which all calls are answered opens up radical new hermeneutic possibilities.

Keywords:   Song of Songs, Body, Heart, Origen, St. Augustine, Gregory the Great

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