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Allegory

ALLEGORY (Gr. allēgoreuein, from allos, other, and agoreuein, to speak in the assembly). The literary device is used extensively in Scripture, for example in Isa.5.1-Isa.5.7 and in the [[Song of Songs]]. To speak allegorically is to set forth one thing in the image of another, the principal subject being inferred from the figure rather than by direct statement. Clarity of inference differentiates between allegory and parable, because the latter usually requires an interpretation for the teaching that it parallels. Allegorizing (to be distinguished from the drawing out of spiritual truths from factual presentations) has had broad application in Bible teaching. Alexandrian Jews spiritualized Scripture. The church fathers followed, reaching an extreme in the school of Origen in which spiritualization attained great heights in mystical and moral meanings. In the allegory in Gal.4.24 Isaac, the child of promise, typifies the Christian who is justified in Christ and is free to love and serve