Allegory and Embodiment: Boyarin and Origen

John David Dawson

in Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226302
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925984 | DOI:
Allegory and Embodiment: Boyarin and Origen

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This chapter provides an alternative analysis of a key passage from Origen's commentary and places it in the context of Origen's allegorical reading of the Song. It begins with an outline of Boyarin's comments on the passage and then studies how Origen understands allegorical reading. This chapter claims that Origen approaches texts to enhance, not evade, embodied human life. A comparison of Origen and Boyarin reveals that the precise character of the body as such is still a matter for debate.

Keywords: Origen; commentary; allegorical reading; body; embodied human life; Daniel Boyarin

Chapter.  7597 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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