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The Biblical Vision of the Human Person

Implications for a Philosophical Anthropology


Maurice Hogan

Although modern study of the Bible has made impressive philological advances, it lacks an adequate philosophical frame of reference that would link the symbolism of the Biblical narrative to the problems of human existence. The present work sets out to provide the germ of a philosophy of language and human consciousness that would serve as a basis for a proper exegesis of the Biblical text. Part One establishes the historical, philosophical and hermeneutical framework by examining the link between experience, symbolization and the structure of human consciousness as elaborated historically in myth and philosophy. Part Two applies this framework to representative anthropological texts from the Old and New Testaments in order to forge a link between the Biblical symbolism and the fundamental problems of human existence. Part Three draws attention to the implications of the inquiry for a philosophical anthropology and a more comprehensive hermeneutical framework.
The Author: Maurice P. Hogan was born in Annascaul, Co. Kerry, Ireland, in 1940. After studying Philosophy and Theology at Dalgan Park, Navan, he was ordained for the Missionary Society of St Columban in 1965. Since then he has worked as a missionary in Japan and pursued postgraduate studies in Theology at Sophia University, Tokyo; Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; and Philosophy at University College, Dublin. He presently lectures in Biblical Studies at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland.