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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 on the Hermeneutical Unity of the Song of Songs

 Origen on the Hermeneutical Unity of the Song of Songs

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(p.179) 4  Origen on the Hermeneutical Unity 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:10.1093/0199272182.003.0005

This chapter examines the Song of Song’s ‘whole body’ — its character as a unitive text organized by a single logos. It is shown that Origen approaches every individual book of Scripture as a discrete revelatory event. The prophet, Origen thinks, stands in the centre of this event. Through him, the surrounding context of corporeal place (topos) and historical time (kairos) conditions the logos of the whole book with a somatic character. This way, the book’s ‘body’ becomes the foundations for a spiritual reading.

Keywords:   Origen, Song of Songs, hermeneutical unity

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