The Literal Sense and Personal Identity: Hans Frei

John David Dawson

in Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226302
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925984 | DOI:
The Literal Sense and Personal Identity: Hans Frei

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This chapter explores Hans Frei's overall claim that a Christian figural reading of the Bible narratively extends, rather than effaces, its realistic and literal sense. The discussion begins with a study of Frei's argument that figural extension of the literal meaning of the Bible leads to its intensification instead of its supersession. Throughout the chapter, Frei references Erich Auerbach's conception of figural reading, and even improves Auerbach's nonsubstantial or relational conception of spiritual understanding.

Keywords: Hans Frei; figural reading; figural extension; literal meaning; Bible; Erich Auerbach; spiritual understanding

Chapter.  20109 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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