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Old Feb 13, '07, 1:14 pm
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I was reading Hail Holy Queen by Scott Hahn and in the early part of the book he talks about Typology. I had never thought of Typology as a way of reading the bible. Are there any other ways of reading the bible (besides the conventional literal)? Thanks and God bless.
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Yes. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

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The four ways of interpreting Scripture: #s 115-119.

The senses of Scripture
115 According to an ancient tradition, one can distinguish between two senses of Scripture: the literal and the spiritual, the latter being subdivided into the allegorical, moral and anagogical senses. The profound concordance of the four senses guarantees all its richness to the living reading of Scripture in the Church.
116 The literal sense is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis, following the rules of sound interpretation: "All other senses of Sacred Scripture are based on the literal."83
117 The spiritual sense. Thanks to the unity of God's plan, not only the text of Scripture but also the realities and events about which it speaks can be signs.
1. The allegorical sense. We can acquire a more profound understanding of events by recognizing their significance in Christ; thus the crossing of the Red Sea is a sign or type of Christ's victory and also of Christian Baptism.84
2. The moral sense. The events reported in Scripture ought to lead us to act justly. As St. Paul says, they were written "for our instruction".85
3. The anagogical sense (Greek: anagoge, "leading"). We can view realities and events in terms of their eternal significance, leading us toward our true homeland: thus the Church on earth is a sign of the heavenly Jerusalem.86
118 A medieval couplet summarizes the significance of the four senses:
The Letter speaks of deeds; Allegory to faith;
The Moral how to act; Anagogy our destiny.87

119 "It is the task of exegetes to work, according to these rules, towards a better understanding and explanation of the meaning of Sacred Scripture in order that their research may help the Church to form a firmer judgment. For, of course, all that has been said about the manner of interpreting Scripture is ultimately subject to the judgment of the Church which exercises the divinely conferred commission and ministry of watching over and interpreting the Word of God."88
But I would not believe in the Gospel, had not the authority of the Catholic Church already moved me.89
That's just for interpretation. One may read the Bible in order to gather historical data, for devotional purposes, for reading enjoyment of its poetry and prose, etc.
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Montie, "Hail Holy Queen" is a wonderful journey through the Bible, isn't it?
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Montie, "Hail Holy Queen" is a wonderful journey through the Bible, isn't it?
Can you get that one through Amazon? Sounds interesting.

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Can you get that one through Amazon? Sounds interesting.

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I was reading Hail Holy Queen by Scott Hahn and in the early part of the book he talks about Typology. I had never thought of Typology as a way of reading the bible. Are there any other ways of reading the bible (besides the conventional literal)? Thanks and God bless.

Other ways? Upside down, eyes closed, in the dark, etc etc. Get creative .
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Other ways? Upside down, eyes closed, in the dark, etc etc. Get creative .
Thank you FuzzyBunny. But, seriously what other ways are there to read Scripture? I would really like to make sure I get the most out my bible readings.
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