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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, the Nuptial Motif, and the Song of Songs

Origen, the Nuptial Motif, and the Song of Songs

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(p.77) 2 Origen, the Nuptial Motif, and 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:10.1093/0199272182.003.0003

This chapter shows that Origen’s ‘bodiless’ reading cannot be explained simply on the grounds of an aversion to, or suspicion of embodied nuptial love or sexual love. It is argued that he not only maintains the goodness of nuptial life in all its aspects — including the erotic and sexual — but also sees in it a typos of the heavenly nuptial mystery. Origen carries this analogy, and hence a hermeneutical ‘body’, over into every virtual reading of nuptial, erotic, and sexual episodes in the Scriptures, with the exception of the Song.

Keywords:   Origen, Song of Songs, nuptial love, bodiless

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