Senses of Scripture

It is often difficult to discern the meaning of a particular passage of Scripture. St Thomas speaks of two different ways in which a passage of scripture can be understood: literally and spiritually, by which terms he means according as the words used signify things and then according as the things signified in their turn signify other things. The literal sense, that sense in which the thing properly signified by the words is considered has four major types: historical, etiological, analogical, and metaphorical or as they refer to things in a straightforward way, as the words refer to the causes of … Continue reading Senses of Scripture