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McGiffert] . In this description of Origen’s work at Alexandria we see a whole Program of Christian education. It is an answer to Celsus’s charge that Christians do not wish to give or to receive a reason for their belief, that they keep repeating “Do not examine, but believe” (Origen, Con. Cels. 9). Origen, like other Christians of his time, 62 A SHORT HISTORY OF THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE distinguishes between the wisdom of the world and true wisdom; he also claims that the Christian is not to be a fool but to be a fool towards the wisdom of the world.
The Alexandrines, naturally, appealed to the use of allegorization by the apostle Paul in the fourth chapter of Galatians. The Antiochenes, on the other hand, explained that while he uses the word he does not really interpret allegorically. There is a great difference, they say, between what the apostle means and what the Alexandrines mean. The apostle believes in the reality of the events which he describes, and uses them for examples. The Alexandrines, on the other hand, deprive the whole biblical history of its reality.
4). Moses, Plato, and the Egyptians who used hieroglyphics spoke in the same way. When Clement comes to the interpretation of scripture we find that in practice his exegesis is based on that of Philo. Every word and syllable of scripture has its meaning, but, since it is written symbolically, the meaning is usually not the obvious one. ’ (1) the historical sense, in which he usually takes the stories of biblical history; (2) the doctrinal sense, moral, religious, and theological, according to which biblical statements are taken directly into his own theological thought.
A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible by David Tracy, Robert McQueen Grant