Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- the drawing of a spiritual or figurative meaning from what is apparently historical: thus, St. Paul (Rom. ix. 7, 8) gives an allegorical interpretation of the history of free-born Isaac and slave-born Ishmael.
“An illustration of this may be seen in (Galatians 4: 24) where the apostle gives an allegorical interpretation to the historical narrative of Hagar and Sarah, not treating that narrative as an allegory in itself; as our Authorized Version would lead us to suppose, but drawing from it a deeper sense than is conveyed by the immediate representation.”
“His work "De Antro Nympharum" is an elaborate allegorical interpretation and defence of pagan mythology.”
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