Origen's Veils: The Askēsis of Interpretation

  title={Origen's Veils: The Askēsis of Interpretation},
  author={Susanna Drake},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={815 - 842}
In his interpretations of the books of the Hebrew Bible, written mainly in Caesarea Maritima, Origen often depicts the “letter” of scripture as a veil that covers the spiritual meaning of the text. He imagines the work of the spiritual exegete as an act of unveiling. Drawing on several biblical veils (including Moses' veil and the bride's veil in the Song of Songs), Origen constructs a hermeneutic theory that privileges a rational, spiritual, and “unveiled” interpretation of the text over a… Expand