TFI #12

12.  Be able to explain Origen’s body, soul, spirit analogy for interpreting the Scriptures

“A human being has the three component body parts, body, soul and spirit, as Paul suggests in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, and Origen saw in the text of the Bible a similar three-part structure of meaning.  The “body” is the surface meaning of what the Bible narrates; the “soul” is the instruction given to those advancing in the life of faith; the “spirit” is the hidden wisdom of God’s ways, about which hints are now offered until all is finally revealed in heaven.”  (Wicks 11)

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