Karlfried Froehlich deposited Johannes Trithemius on the Fourfold Sense of Scripture: The Tractatus de Inuestigatione Sacrae Scripturae (1486) on Humanities Commons 1 year, 4 months ago
This Essay presents and analyzes an unpublished essay of a controversial monastic author of the late Middle Ages who was a much appreaciated chronicler but also an inventor of literary fictions as it is reflected in the turbulent story of Trithemius scholarship. The treatise is transcribed from MS Trier, Bischöfliches Priesterseminar 84. It is a typical medieval schoolbook of biblical hermeneutics teaching the elements of the fourfold sense of scripture basically through a string of quotations from other authors. That there is so little originality in the compilation is declared to be a virtue because the tract gathers together everything important that earlier eccesiastial writers have said on the topic. In a way, the piece can serve as a compendium of the state of traditional hermeneutics at the threshold of the Early Modern Age.