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“Þurrh beȝȝske. & sallte tæress”: Orm’s use of metaphor and simile in the exegesis of John 1:51
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2008 (English)In: Selected papers from the 2006 and 2007 Stockholm Metaphor Festivals / [ed] Nils-Lennart Johannesson and David C. Minugh, Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis , 2008, 85-94 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the twelfth-century English exegete Orm’s response to the challenge of explaining the phrase "videbitis caelum apertum" in John 1:51 to the laity when the relevant passage was missing from his standard sourcebook. In keeping with tradition, Orm produced three interpretations, one historical, one allegorical, and one tropological. The first two were adaptations of comments in two different Latin texts. The third, however, seems to be Orm’s own composition, which takes the form of an extended gardening metaphor, combining phrases from several different source texts to an effective whole.

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Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis , 2008. 85-94 p.
Stockholm studies in English, ISSN 0346-6272 ; 103
Keyword [en]
metaphor, Middle English, exegesis, homilies, Ormulum
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Specific Languages Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-16913ISBN: 978-91-86071-10-3OAI: diva2:183433
Stockholm Metaphor Festival
Available from: 2008-12-30 Created: 2008-12-30 Last updated: 2011-02-10Bibliographically approved

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