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An allegory is a story which, when interpreted, discloses a symbolic meaning; an interpretative method which treats texts in these terms.

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του πνεύμα εκ του πνεύματος The spirit of the Spirit? Gal 6:8

The context from Galatians 6:7-8 is: you reap what you sow, the flesh vs. the Spirit. All good, clear enough. Looking this up in the Apostolic Bible Polyglot Interlinear translation, things seem a bit ...
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How is Matt 7:6 --Swine Vs Pearls --explained?

Jesus says in Matt 7:6 : "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. " Certain ...
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What is the allegorical sense of "deep" in Lk. 5:4 "Launch out into the deep."?

What is the allegorical sense of "deep" in Lk. 5:4: "Launch out into the deep."?
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What ancient practice did Jesus have in mind , when he said of salt being thrown out as waste?

We hear Jesus saying in Mtt 5:13 (NRSVCE) : You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and ...
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Are there practical rules for distinguishing between literal and nonliteral expressions?

A question that comes up all the time for me is whether a particular passage, word, or phrase, is intended to be taken literally or nonliterally. I see a lot of work has been done to split the Bible ...
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Does the mention of Sheep Gate in John 5:2 give a lead to explanation for the allegory of Camel and Eye of the Needle?

We read in John 5:2 : Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha,which has five porticoes. We also read in Mtt 19 :24 : Again I tell you, it is easier for a ...
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(Song of Songs 2:7) Hebrew Question about Gender of Subject and Object

I am having some challenges interpreting Song of Songs 2:7 in terms of verb-subject-object gender matching. The verse reads (KJV): I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the ...
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The Son of Jonah / John: Literally, or Metaphorically?

Matthew 16:4  A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. Then, several verses later : Matthew 16:17  ...
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Song of Songs 8:9 - allusion to virginity and promiscuity?

8 We have a little sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for? 9 If she is a wall, we will build a tower of silver to protect her. If she ...
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What type of sacrifice was bound to the altar in Psalms 118:27?

Psalms 118:27-28 KJV 27 God is the LORD, which hath showed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. 28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God,...
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What was the serpent in Genesis [duplicate]

I was wondering exactly was the snake in the Genesis story. Was it a metaphor for sex? Was it Satan's influence? Was it Satan himself?
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Did the Israelites of Samaria necessarily have a literal cow idol in their temple?

Hosea 8:4-5 states: They have set up kings, but not by Me; They have appointed princes, but I did not know it. With their silver and gold they have made idols for themselves, That they ...
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What is the New Jerusalem?

In Revelation 21:2, John talks about seeing the New Jerusalem coming out of heaven adorned as Bride. While the text talks of the New Jerusalem as city, it seems contradictory that the Bride of Christ ...
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Does the allegorical approach to the Song of Solomon do the text justice?

Through two millennia the Song of Solomon was interpreted by most Jewish and Christian scholars as an allegory of God's relationship with Israel, or Jesus' relationship with the church. Only lately ...
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Was Origen Adamantius an "allegorist" in the modern sense of the word?

Allegory is often referred to in a negative way (at least by Protestant interpreters) to signify a sort of irresponsible replacement of authorial intent with some subsequent spiritualization of each ...
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Who is speaking in Song of Solomon 8:6-7?

Typical Christian allegorical interpretations of Song of Solomon identify God with the man in the story and the church or individual believer with the woman. This is understandable as other more ...
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When is allegorization of scripture productive?

If I were to run into the story of the three little pigs accidentally used as a bookmark in my Bible I might draw these conclusions: Clearly the wolf is the Devil trying to devour sinners who are ...
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What are the differences between allegorical and typological interpretation?

In a recent discussion on a question about allegory, it was pointed out that allegory and typology are not the same thing. What are the differences between the two approaches? Is one a subset of the ...
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What does Paul mean by allegory in Galatians 4:24?

Paul's method of interpretation in Galatians 4:21-31 seems a bit unusual as compared to most modern methods. He says these things may be "interpreted allegorically." What is his method of exegesis? ...
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How do you know an allegory is valid?

If an allegory is just an invention? How can you discus the validity of something that is based on opinion. For example: Ex 23:19 ... Thou shalt not seethe [boil] a kid in his mother’s milk. ...
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How does "Sensus Plenior" differ from Allegory, Gnosticism, Kaballah, and Midrash?

People are divided on hermeneutic approaches. This is probably more true with the introduction of Sensus Plenior to the discussion. It would be helpful to have an explanation of it and how it differs ...
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How consistent were Augustine's hermeneutics?

St. Augustine of Hippo seems to have had considerable influence on the field of hermeneutics. His work in the field seems to be a bit of a landmark in the history of how hermeneutics is done. However ...
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Where does the "slippery slope" of allegorical interpretations start? [closed]

Besides the Grammatical Historical Approach to hermeneutics, various allegorical or metaphorical approaches exist. It seems to me that if you approach a text with the assumption that the whole thing ...
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What are good contextual clues that a passage is meant to be read as hyperbole?

Today in conversation with an atheist we ran into trouble over this passage in Matthew: Mathew 18:9 (ESV) And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to ...
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