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Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental OntologyA Return to Mystery$
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Hans Boersma

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229642

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229642.001.0001

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A Wheel within a Wheel: Spiritual Interpretation in de Lubac and Daniélou

A Wheel within a Wheel: Spiritual Interpretation in de Lubac and Daniélou

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Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology

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This chapter turns to the spiritual interpretation of Scripture in Henri de Lubac and Jean Daniélou. Their ressourcement of pre-modern exegesis relied on a sacramental understanding of Scripture, which maintained that salvation-historical events recorded in Scripture contained deeper, spiritual levels of meaning. Thus, just as nature and the supernatural did not constitute two separate orders of being, so spiritual interpretation was not just an unrelated addition to an already historically established meaning of the text. De Lubac and Daniélou did differ on some points. De Lubac's appreciation for allegorical exegesis meant that the purpose of spiritual interpretation was, ultimately, to move beyond history. Daniélou placed greater emphasis on the historical progression of typology, which made him wary of allegory. Their differences notwithstanding, both Jesuit scholars looked to Old Testament types as sacraments that pointed beyond themselves to their spiritual fulfilment in the New Testament and in Jesus Christ.

Keywords:   Henri de Lubac, Jean Daniélou, spiritual interpretation, pre-modern exegesis, typology, allegory

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