Songs in the desert: The Rabbis and Origen on spiritual ascent

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The songs in the desert serve both the Rabbis and Origen to sketch a development of spiritual growth. By comparing the songs chosen it is possible to assess the different perspectives: the Rabbis view Moses as the pinnacle, Origen avoids Moses and instead highlights Solomon and his Song of Songs as a type of Christ. For both, the kiss between bridegroom and bride indicates the highest religious intimacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSeeing through the eyes of faith
Subtitle of host publicationNew Approaches to the Mystagogy of the Church Fathers
EditorsPaul van Geest
Place of PublicationLeuven
PublisherPeeters Publishers
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789042931985
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

Publication series

NameLate Antique History and Religion


  • Mystagogy, Church fathers, Spiritual growth


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