Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture: The Bridegrooms Perfect Marriage-Song

Hardcover | June 20, 2005

byJ. Christopher King

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Christian exegesis of the Song of Songs has long interacted creatively with - and, more recently, reacted critically against - the allegorical interpretation developed by Origen of Alexandria (c.185-c.254) in his Commentary and two Homilies on the Song of Songs. Interest in Origen's exegesisof the Song's narrative elements has dominated past scholarship, which has almost entirely ignored how Origen assesses the Song itself, in its unity as a revealed text. This study aims to show that the Commentary and Homilies - when read in light of Origen's hermeneutic, his nuptial theology, hisunderstanding of the prophetic mediation of inspired texts, and his doctrine of last things - clearly portray the Song of Songs itself as the divine Bridegroom's perfect marriage-song. As such, it mediates Christ's eschatological presence, as the `spirit' of Scripture, in and through theintelligible structures of the text itself.

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Christian exegesis of the Song of Songs has long interacted creatively with - and, more recently, reacted critically against - the allegorical interpretation developed by Origen of Alexandria (c.185-c.254) in his Commentary and two Homilies on the Song of Songs. Interest in Origen's exegesisof the Song's narrative elements has dominate...

J. Christopher King has been a member of the Bishop's Staff, Episcopal Diocese of New York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.9 inPublished:June 20, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199272182

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Origen and the spiritual reading of the Song of Songs3. Origen, the nuptial motif, and the Song of Songs4. Origen's grounds for the wholly spiritual reading of the Song of Songs5. Origen on the hermeneutical unity of the Song of Songs6. Origen on the hermeneutical finality of the Song of Songs7. Conclusion: the Song of Songs as the spirit of Scripture