May 12, 2009

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EXEGESIS FOR EVERYONE

A new post series from Big C Catholics.

Exegesis for everyone is a new weekly column in which we will consider some aspect of Sacred Scripture or a specific passage from the Bible. St. Jerome said "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." Exegesis for Everyone will help us to know the mind of Jesus Christ.

Exegesis is the study and interpretation of Sacred Scripture. In the next installment we will examine the four "senses of Scripture." They are: 1.) the Literal Sense: “[T]he meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture” (Catechism, no. 116), the actual event, person, thing described in the biblical text. The literal sense gives rise to the following three “spiritual senses,” 2.) the Allegorical Sense: How those things, events, or persons in the literal sense point to Christ and the Paschal Mystery, 3.) the Moral Sense: How the literal sense points to the Christian life in the Church, 4.) the Anagogical Sense: How the literal sense points to the Christian’s heavenly destiny and the last things.

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