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Literal Sense

(of the biblical text) "The literal sense is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis, following the rules of sound interpretation"

Literary Genre

Type of writing that has a particular form, style, or content


The process used by scholars to discover the meaning of the biblical text


An extended comparison where many elements of a story stand for deeper realities like abstract ideas, moral qualities, or spiritual realities


A written account of person's life


A formal statement of religious belief


A story that gives the cause of something


A brief story with a moral; often uses animals that act and speak like human beings


A chronological narrative or record of events, as in the life or development of a people, country, or institution


A rule of conduct or standard of behavior established by proper authority, society, or custom


An inspired utterance made by a prophet, which expresses God's will


A record of one's ancestors


A deliberately exaggerated saying highlight the topic under discussion

Miracle Story

For example, a nature miracle, is a report of a powerful sign performed by Jesus to show his mastery over elements


A question or statement that teases the mind; it requires thought and application


A vivid story told to convey religious truth, usually with a surprise ending

Pronouncement Story

A passage whose purpose is to set up an important saying

The Allegorical Sense

Is a metaphor. The storyline conveys more than one level of meaning at the same time.

The Moral Sense

God's Word is intended to lead us to live a good life, to act justly on behalf of God and other people. Thus, the words of the prophets telling the Chosen People to obey God's Commandments also apply to us.

The Anagogical Sense

Another way to view God's Word is to look at earthly events

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