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Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity$
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John David Dawson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226302

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226302.001.0001

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Spiritual Bodies: Origen

Spiritual Bodies: Origen

(p.65) Chapter 3 Spiritual Bodies: Origen
Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity

John David Dawson

University of California Press

This chapter looks at Origen's interpretative practice. It begins with a section of Origen's interpretation of the Passover and John's Gospel. It examines how Origen's conception of Scripture sought to preserve what he regarded as the one internal coherence of the Scripture. The chapter also studies Origen's view of allegorical reading as the way the Spirit changes instead of rejects the body, which raises questions about the relation of a person's body to his identity.

Keywords:   interpretative practice, Origen, Passover, John's Gospel, Scripture, allegorical reading

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