Origen on the Hermeneutical Finality 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 Finality of the Song of Songs

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This chapter shows that Origen situates the event in which the Song is sung as epithalamium (i.e., the upper register) in a topos that is not local, and a kairos that is not temporal. Hence, the contextual variables that root all other biblical books and their revelation in the soil of historical reality have, in the unique instance of the Song, been elevated to a spiritual, heavenly, and eschatological order. Thus, the Song’s eschatologically conditioned logos — while yet standing in the expected formative relation to all of the Song’s discursive elements — constitutes the ‘whole body’ of the text as ‘bodiless’ in the strictest sense, that is, as a purely spiritual and intelligible reality in which not the least trace of sensibility can be discerned.

Keywords: Origen; Song of Songs; bodiless; epithalamium

Chapter.  17769 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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