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Origen's Grounds for the Wholly Spiritual Reading of 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199272182.003.0004

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Origen's Grounds for the Wholly Spiritual Reading of the Song of Songs

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This chapter examines the hermeneutical rationale that Origen himself develops as the basis of his ‘bodiless’ interpretation of the Song of Songs. The discussion will develop in two stages. First, Origen’s analysis of the Song’s own self-definition is explored, which he seeks principally in the title of the text. Second, his reading of those hermeneutical markers in the Song — the textual skandala — that decisively proves it to be a ‘bodiless’ text is considered.

Keywords: Origen; Song of Songs; bodiless; hermeneutical rationale

Chapter.  17867 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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