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'''Allegorical interpretation''' is assigning a higher interpretation instead of a [[Biblical literalism|literal interpretation]] to the [[Scripture]] record of things, in particular to [[Old Testament]] stories<ref>{{Nuttall|Allegorical interpretation}}</ref> such as the [[creation]] account in [[Genesis]].  However, allegorical interpretation leads to problems that a straightforward literal reading of the Bible avoids.  For example, given the [[genealogy|genealogies]] that go back to [[Adam]], at some point an allegorical character would have somehow had to "beget" a flesh-and-blood human being.
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'''Allegorical interpretation''' is assigning a higher interpretation instead of a [[Biblical literalism|literal interpretation]] to the [[Scripture]] record of things, in particular to [[Old Testament]] stories<ref>{{Nuttall|Allegorical interpretation}}</ref> such as the [[creation]] account in [[Genesis]].  However, allegorical interpretation leads to problems that a straightforward literal reading of the Bible avoids.  For example, given the [[genealogy|genealogies]] that go back to [[Adam]], at some point an allegorical character would have somehow had to "beget" a flesh-and-blood human being.  Also, since the [[salvation|soteriology]] of the [[Epistle]]s presupposes a literal Adam and compares and contrasts him with [[Christ]], rejection of a literal Adam leads to a rejection of Christianity.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 12:16, 20 November 2012

Allegorical interpretation is assigning a higher interpretation instead of a literal interpretation to the Scripture record of things, in particular to Old Testament stories[1] such as the creation account in Genesis. However, allegorical interpretation leads to problems that a straightforward literal reading of the Bible avoids. For example, given the genealogies that go back to Adam, at some point an allegorical character would have somehow had to "beget" a flesh-and-blood human being. Also, since the soteriology of the Epistles presupposes a literal Adam and compares and contrasts him with Christ, rejection of a literal Adam leads to a rejection of Christianity.

References

  1. Nuttall Encyclopedia of General Knowledge, article on Allegorical interpretation originally published in 1907 written by Reverend James Wood