The Legend of Jonah by R.H. Bowers

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Xi. , (Oxford, 1952), p. 371. 34 See Ante-Nicene Fathers, ed. Roberts and Donaldson, (Buffalo, 1886), VI. 378; the literary remains of Methodius are reprinted in Migne PG 18. 30 See Ante-Nicene Fathers, op. , IV. 127-29; Latin text in PL 2:1166-74. 30 THE LEGEND OF JONAH Patience. They also present the topic of the undigested Jonah in the whale's intestines, "inspired with breath ferine," and depict Jonah wallowing among "men's carcasses dissolved in putrid disintegrity" (1. 148). " D The Book of Jonah was used to develop and stress other themes besides that of resurrection, the love of God for all His errant children, and so forth.

The tradition that the Holy Ghost sanctified the utterances of preachers enlarging on Holy Writ (I Cor. 12:8-10), could be easily abused. 18 Since it is proving itself a hardy weed that thrives in sandy soil, I cannot refrain from citing a few, among many, apposite critiques of the Interpretatio Christiana, or polysemous, or pan-allegorical, school popularized by D. W. Robertson Jr. and Bernard F. Huppe: Donald R. Howard's review of their Fruyt and Chaf: Studies in Chaucer's Allegories, in Speculum 39 (1964), 537-41; A.

Or he can signify the dove. The fish that swallowed Jonah in the sea signifies the death (perhaps both physical and spiritual) that must be endured on earth. " 31 The gloss on Luke 11: 31 concerning preaching, reads: "Jonah preached but a few days, Christ preached for a long time. Jonah preached as a foreigner, Christ to his own fellow citizens. " 32 This gloss simply provides an historical contrast. So the Glossa mingles history and Greek allegory, with a good deal of stress on the latter. If the Glossa is primarily a monastic compilation we should expect it to have the quality of fancy that Henri de Lubac, S.

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