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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 Finality of the Song of Songs

Origen on the Hermeneutical Finality of the Song of Songs

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(p.221) 5 Origen on the Hermeneutical Finality 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:10.1093/0199272182.003.0006

This chapter shows that Origen situates the event in which the Song is sung as epithalamium (i.e., the upper register) in a topos that is not local, and a kairos that is not temporal. Hence, the contextual variables that root all other biblical books and their revelation in the soil of historical reality have, in the unique instance of the Song, been elevated to a spiritual, heavenly, and eschatological order. Thus, the Song’s eschatologically conditioned logos — while yet standing in the expected formative relation to all of the Song’s discursive elements — constitutes the ‘whole body’ of the text as ‘bodiless’ in the strictest sense, that is, as a purely spiritual and intelligible reality in which not the least trace of sensibility can be discerned.

Keywords:   Origen, Song of Songs, bodiless, epithalamium

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