Origen, the Nuptial Motif, and the Song of Songs

J. Christopher King

in Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199272181
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603433 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 						Origen, the Nuptial Motif, and the Song of Songs

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This chapter shows that Origen’s ‘bodiless’ reading cannot be explained simply on the grounds of an aversion to, or suspicion of embodied nuptial love or sexual love. It is argued that he not only maintains the goodness of nuptial life in all its aspects — including the erotic and sexual — but also sees in it a typos of the heavenly nuptial mystery. Origen carries this analogy, and hence a hermeneutical ‘body’, over into every virtual reading of nuptial, erotic, and sexual episodes in the Scriptures, with the exception of the Song.

Keywords: Origen; Song of Songs; nuptial love; bodiless

Chapter.  22486 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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