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Christus in natura

Quellen, Hermeneutik und Rezeption des Physiologus

[Christus in natura. Sources, Hermeneutics and Reception of the Physiologus]

Ed. by Kindschi Garský, Zbyněk / Hirsch-Luipold, Rainer

Funded by Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (SNF)

Series:Studies of the Bible and Its Reception (SBR) 11

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November 2019
Copyright year:
2020
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978-3-11-049414-3
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Unicornis captivatur. Das Deutungsverfahren des Physiologus und die Rezeption und theologische Deutung seiner Tiersymbolik in mittelalterlicher Dichtung und zeitgenössischer Musik

Hirsch-Luipold, Rainer

Abstract

The Engelberg Codex 314, a medieval manuscript kept in the library of the Benedictine abbey in Engelberg, Switzerland, contains a poetic adaption of the Latin version of the Physiologus. The goal of the presentation of the animals, however, has changed: the Physiologus intends to present a theological interpretation of nature, whereas the medieval hymn, inspired by the Physiologus, arranges the biblical animal symbolism into a narrative of the fall and restoration of humankind as well as the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ, using the multifaceted animal imagery of the bible. This contribution examines this new perspective, also considering a musical rendition of Unicornis captivatur for a-capella choir by the Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (written in 2001). It is hoped that the change of perspective afforded by both the hymn and the modern composition will shed additional light on the hermeneutics of nature in the Physiologus.

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Rainer Hirsch-Luipold (2019). Unicornis captivatur. Das Deutungsverfahren des Physiologus und die Rezeption und theologische Deutung seiner Tiersymbolik in mittelalterlicher Dichtung und zeitgenössischer Musik. In Zbyněk Kindschi Garský, Rainer Hirsch-Luipold (Eds.), Christus in natura: Quellen, Hermeneutik und Rezeption des Physiologus (pp. 133–148). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110494143-011

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110494143

Online ISBN: 9783110494143

© 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston. BY-NC-ND 4.0 This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.

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