Origen on the Hermeneutical Unity 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:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 						 Origen on the Hermeneutical Unity of the Song of Songs

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This chapter examines the Song of Song’s ‘whole body’ — its character as a unitive text organized by a single logos. It is shown that Origen approaches every individual book of Scripture as a discrete revelatory event. The prophet, Origen thinks, stands in the centre of this event. Through him, the surrounding context of corporeal place (topos) and historical time (kairos) conditions the logos of the whole book with a somatic character. This way, the book’s ‘body’ becomes the foundations for a spiritual reading.

Keywords: Origen; Song of Songs; hermeneutical unity

Chapter.  16845 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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