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Comparative Literature | History of Philosophy | Medieval Studies
Exegesis, Predication, Franciscans, Religious Literature
This dissertation explores the notion of prophecy as a semiotic construct in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on a chronological span that runs from Late Antiquity to the 14th century. It argues that theories of prophecy offer useful insights in the domain of rhetoric and not just in epistemology, as scholarship has predominantly contended. The first two chapters survey the trendsetting work of Augustine, al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, and Maimonides, arguing that their semiotic angle on prophecy depends on a structural affinity with the metaphysical template of emanationism as formulated by Plotinus and Proclus, whose teachings went often misrepresented or dismissed in monotheistic traditions. The final chapter showcases the connection between emanation and prophecy by looking at work of Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, the second father of the Franciscan movement.
Gelmi, Alberto, "Prophecy, Emanation, and the Mediterranean Middle Ages" (2021). CUNY Academic Works.