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It is emphasized at present that certain pages and motifs are capable of carrying different layers of meaning, or at least of interpretation; the images on the page should be read in a number of different ways simultaneously; the complexity of the decoration mirrors the ėverbal virtuosityķ of the Irish exegetes of the period, as Benedict of Aniane put it, and is meditative and allusive in intent. Fee association of ideas is taken to be part of the intellectual baggage of the monks. Research employing this technique, some of if carrying in itself resonances of the exegetical, has unquestionably advanced our understanding of the manuscript, though any re-creation of the spiritual world of the Columban monk must depend to a certain extent on conjecture. (Meehan 16)

 

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