Archetypal Narratives. Pattern and Parable in the Lives of Three Saints [Paperback]

Elizabeth M Krajewski (Author)

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ISBN: 9782503577111 | Published by: Brepols | Series: Studia Traditionis Theologiae | Volume: 27 | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 258p,

Archetypal Narratives. Pattern and Parable in the Lives of Three Saints


This book sets three saints’ Lives in their specifically Christian and biblical context, recognizing that much of the anecdotal material in the narratives is modelled on biblical precedents, and that their authors and first audiences were Christian monastics in regions that were in the process of becoming Christianized. Saints’ Lives have been read as documentary evidence for their particular historical periods, biographies of their heroic protagonists, folklore for the entertainment of monks, or propaganda in defense of a cult. None of these readings, however, address the problem of theologically interpreting narratives that were conceived and dispersed within a Christian monastic environment. Concentrating on the earliest extant Lives of Sts Brigit, Samson, and Cuthbert, the author adopts an interpretive approach that combines close textual analysis with a theological hermeneutic to uncover the deep biblical influences within the narratives, and poses the possibility that many of the stories within them are actually parables – stories intended to be both metaphorical and illustrative, but hardly factual. Building on this foundation, each narrative is then explored for its internal structural logic, a step which is seen to identify each hagiographer’s unique skills, as well as literary and theological concerns. A theological interpretation of the narratives opens up a fresh appreciation of their religious impact, and the possibility of a widened ‘horizon of meaning’ for readers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1, The Problem of Hagiography
Chapter 2, Kildare and the Kingdom of God: Cogitosus’s Life of Brigit
Chapter 3, The Saint and the Serpent: Vita Samsonis I
Chapter 4, Cuthbert the Bridge-builder: The Anonymous Vita Cuthberti
Chapter 5: The Promise of Hermeneutics

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