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also an·a·go·gy  (ăn′ə-gō′jē)
n. pl. an·a·go·ges also an·a·go·gies
A mystical interpretation of a word, passage, or text, especially scriptural exegesis that detects allusions to heaven or the afterlife.

[Late Latin anagōgē, from Late Greek, spiritual uplift, from anagein, to lift up : ana-, ana- + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·gog′ic (-gŏj′ĭk), an′a·gog′i·cal adj.
an′a·gog′i·cal·ly adv.
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(ˈænəˌɡɒdʒɪ) or


1. allegorical or spiritual interpretation, esp of sacred works such as the Bible
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity allegorical interpretation of the Old Testament as typifying or foreshadowing subjects in the New Testament
[C18: via Late Latin from Greek anagōgē a lifting up, from anagein, from ana- + agein to lead]
anagogic, ˌanaˈgogical adj
ˌanaˈgogically adv
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(ˌæn əˈgoʊ dʒi, ˈæn əˌgoʊ-)

a spiritual or mystical interpretation or use of words, esp. of Scripture.
[< Late Latin < Greek anagōgḗ an uplifting =an- an-3 + agōgḗ, feminine of agōgós leading; see -agogue]
an`a•gog′ic (-ˈgɒdʒ ɪk) adj.
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anagoge, anagogy

1. Obsolete, a spiritual or mental elevation.
2. a mystical interpretation of a text (usually the Bible.) — anagogic, adj.anagogically, adv.
See also: Religion
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Noun1.anagoge - a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)
interpretation, reading, version - a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
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(32) Anagogically, the wolves might beckon apocalyptic imagery as enemies of the church paving the way to the eschaton with violence and treachery.
He was teaching and healing me anagogically. So was Dante.
in the literal sense [the temple indicates] the house which Solomon built; allegorically, it is the Lord's body, of which Christ said: "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up," or his Church, to whom the apostle Paul said: "For the temple of the Lord is holy, which you are"; tropologically, it is each of the faithful, to whom the Apostle said: "Know you not, that your bodies are the temple of the holy spirit, who is in you?"; anagogically, it is the joys of the heavenly mansion, for which the Psalmist sighed, when he said: "Blessed are they that dwell in your house, O Lord; they shall praise you for ever and ever." (The Art 2.12, 207)
readers to read emblematically and anagogically" (p.
This name is immediately followed by Youre names 1 entre heer in my rolle anon, entering not only his own name, but also youre names (the readers') (20) into his roll, or roster, as (and here is an aural pun signaled by heer) "a non" from the Latin nonnus, " a monk." The adept who has been able to appreciate t-t-t within that ook Right receives grace, qualifies as a spiritual religious person, and goes into the blisse of hevene (912), anagogically, that is.
Along the same lines, Scott asserts that this meal "functions anagogically, as does the sacrament of the Eucharist, an earthly reflection of the eternal Heavenly Banquet" (207).
But it is not difficult to see in this a broader indictment of American society's lust for mobility and its material stand-ins for a notion of home-- all of which can be read anagogically as evidence of the nation's spiritual homelessness.
Yet the relevance of that anagogically rich passage in Corinthians 13:12 becomes an obvious guiding principle for both Pearl and Faces: the Pearl Maiden claims that souls in heaven no longer see as in a glass, darkly (Pearl 859), and the passage from which the novel's title is taken directs us to that final end, until: "I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer.
(45) In the ninth century, Rabanus Maurus argued that allegorically Jerusalem could be understood as standing for the current church; tropologically it stood for the faithful soul, while anagogically it was the celestial home.
Hans-Georg Gadamer has gone so far as to suggest that the content of religious and ethical discourses is a mode of aesthetic knowledge of reality that is distinct from but no less "true" than scientific analysis; nature, he proposed, can rightly be read anagogically as well as analytically.
interpreted the espousal in the Song of Songs anagogically as the union
the Bible--literally, allegorically, morally, and anagogically. (11) In