Outline of Bible-related topics
Allegorical interpretation is an interpretive method (
exegesis) which assumes that the
Bible has various levels of meaning and tends to focus on the spiritual sense (which includes the
allegorical sense, the
moral (or tropological) sense, and the
anagogical sense) as opposed to the
literal sense. It is sometimes referred to as the
Quadriga, a reference to the Roman chariot drawn by four horses.
Allegorical interpretation has its origins both in Greek thought and in
rabbinical schools of Judaism. In the Middle Ages it was used by Bible commentators of the Christian era.