Multiple readings of texts
Jewish mystical tradition. i.e. Abraham Ibn Ezra, a Sephardic Jew from Spain (1089-1164CE) can
also be traced to Rabbi Akiba (2nd century CE)
Source: S.E. Gillingham (1998)
- Peshat (the straightforward, literal reading)
- Daras (the elaborate interpretation)
- Remez ('pointer', 'sign', leading to a more practical and moral interpretation)
- Sod ('mystery', resulting in the most ambiguous reading of all, because it concerned
ultimate truths about human existance)
Dante's many-senses. Polysemous
"When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from the barbarous
people, Judea was made his sanctuary, Israel his dominion" Psalm 113:1-2
- I. Literal
- II. Allegorical
- a. Allegorical
- b. Moral
- c. Anagogical (Spiritual / relating to the soul)
Source: Shoaf, R.A. (1989)
- I. the departure of the sons of Israel from Egypt at the time of
- IIa. our redemption through Christ.
- IIb. the conversion of the soul from the sorrow and
misery of sin into the state of grace.
- IIc. the departure of the sanctified soul from bondage
to the corruption of this world into the freedom of eternal
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