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Seeing the World and Knowing GodHebrew Wisdom and Christian Doctrine in a Late-Modern Context$
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Paul S. Fiddes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644100

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644100.001.0001

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The Text of the World and the Comprehensiveness of Wisdom

The Text of the World and the Comprehensiveness of Wisdom

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(p.324) 10 The Text of the World and the Comprehensiveness of Wisdom
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Seeing the World and Knowing God
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Paul S. Fiddes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644100.003.0010

Through reflection on ‘space’ and ‘place’ in the thought of Michel de Certeau, this chapter begins by asking whether it is possible to bring together a celebration of the open text of the world with the privileging of a particular sacred text as repository of wisdom (‘canon’). In Hebrew thinking, wisdom is identified with Torah as a contraction of inexhaustible wisdom to an accessible span. Thus, we cannot distinguish absolutely between a sacred text and all other texts: a canon into which wisdom is contracted requires us to read the text in relation to what lies adjacent to its boundary, namely all texts in the world. The whole world-text can be conceived as the body of God, its signs formed through being held in the interweaving relations of the Trinity; there is, however, a unique contraction of wisdom in the body of Christ because the pattern of his life fits exactly into the movements of self-giving in God.

Keywords:   text, canon, space, Michel de Certeau, Torah, contraction, body of God, body of Christ, Trinity

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