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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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Origen and the Spiritual Reading of the Song of Songs

Origen and the Spiritual Reading of the Song of Songs

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Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture
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J. Christopher King

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199272182.003.0002

This chapter examines the status of the literal sense of the Commentary and Homilies on the Song, focusing on Origen’s hermeneutic, in order to place the ‘bodilessness’ of the Song in the context of his whole doctrine of Scripture. It provides three main conclusions: that all ‘bodiless’ texts retain a vital connection with the sensibility and corporeality of the ‘letter’; that the ‘letter’ of ‘bodiless’ text has not simply disappeared but converged with and terminated in the ‘spirit’; and that the interconnected logoi of the ‘bodiless’ text make higher realities present in pure immediacy. These conclusions apply equally to all ‘bodiless’ texts, not exclusively to the Song.

Keywords:   Origen, Song of Songs, Commentary, Homilies on the Song, bodiless

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