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Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of ScriptureThe Bridegroom's Perfect Marriage-Song$
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J. Christopher King

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272181

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199272182.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture

J. Christopher King

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the writings of Origen of Alexandria (c.185-c.254), particularly the Commentary and Homilies on the Song. It argues that Origen approaches the Song of Songs itself, in its manifest intelligibility, as the summit of the mystical life and the supreme textual point of contact and union between the Christian soul and her heavenly Bridegroom. An overview of the chapters in this volume is presented.

Keywords:   Origen, Song of Songs, marriage, theology

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