What is history and how does it impact upon biblical interpretation and theology? 'Allegorizing History' seeks to answer this question by arguing that conceptions of the past and the purposes of history impact upon biblical interpretation and vice versa. Invoking Constantin Fasolt's notion of history as 'a knowledge of the past, as well as the technique by which such knowledge is produced', and re-fashioning Erich Auerbach's historical enterprise in Figura (1938), Furry contends that the understanding and practice of historical writing is inevitably affected by philosophy and theology, thereby rendering all history as figural or allegorical. Famous for his Ecclesiastical History of the Anglo-Saxon People and biblical commentaries, the Venerable Bede is studied in dialogue with Augustine, contemporary theology, and historical theory to make this interdisciplinary argument.
Timothy J. Furry (PhD, University of Dayton) is Instructor of Religion and Philosophy and Chaplain at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School, Bloom eld Hills, Michigan. He is coeditor of 'Ecclesiology and Exclusion' (2012) and author of multiple theological essays, book chapters, and reviews.
List of Images Acknowledgments Introduction 1. (Re)Framing History: A Contemporary Historiography of Bede's Historia 2. Can History Be Figural? A Study of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica and De Templo 3. Interpreting Genesis: Creation and the Relationship between the Literal and Figural Senses 4. Anachronism and the Status of the Past in Bede's Historia and Figural Exegesis 5. Bede and Frank Ankersmit: The Inevitability of Figural History Conclusion