MEANING OF SACRED SCRIPTURE. This may be: (a) The literal (i.e., grammatical,
logical, historical) meaning expressed in a continued metaphor, e.g., in the
Canticle of Canticles; (b) the typical (i.e., mystical, spiritual) meaning, when
this refers to things to be believed ['the commonest sense']; (c) either typical
or literal when dealing with beliefs, especially concerning Christ and the
Church. In a very ancient verse we find the meanings of Sacred Scripture divided
according to subject matter: historical (facts), allegorical (faith), moral
(conduct), anagogical (future life). The name comes probably from Gal. iv, 24
('Which things are said by an allegory') where St. Paul teaches that Hagar and
Sarah typified the two covenants." (Catholic Dictionary)
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