Volume 7, 2007

Spyridoula Athanasopoulou-Kypriou
Pages 211-217

Gregory of Nyssa’s Anagogical Method of Interpretation and the Personal Realization of the Sacramentality of all Language

In this paper, I argue that the implications of Gregory of Nyssa’s anagogical method of interpretation are of paramount importance for the theological appreciation of contemporary literature. For his emphasis on the reader’s disposition is an indication that in an orthodox Christian context, all language may correspond anagogically to God and lift people up to Him, provided people first recognize language’s redemption in Christ, and, then, actualize its sacramentality in their liturgical act of reading and through the grace of the Holy Spirit.