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hermeneus  Term Image (ερμενηυς) Script Image
(Language:  Greek)
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Short Description: interprter
Long Description: interprter; hermeneus owes his name to Hermes, the messenger of the gods; hermeneus is an interpreter of the hieratic rites and liturgies (in Egypt, such hermeneutical procedures, called ‘illuminations’, were practiced at least from the times of the Middle Kingdom), divine omens, tokens, symbols, orracular utterances, and, in the case of Neoplatonists, the Homeric poems, Plato, Aristotle and the Chaldean Oracles; the goal of hermeneutike is to reveal the inner meaning ( huponoia) of the texts and indicate the highest truth that points beyond the discourses, thus elevating the soul to the first principles themselves; there is an ontological hierarchy of interpreters and interpretations, therefore each lower language of theophany functions as the hermeneus of the higher one and renders it comprehensible at a lower level at the expense of its coherence.
Source(s): The Golden Chain: An Anthology of Platonic and Pythagorean Philosophy, by Dr. Algis Uždavinys
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms