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Parabola IV, De Ecclesia Quae Captiva Erat In Aegypto

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Parabola IV is set in three stages: First, the introduction to the wedding and the wedding itself; this part takes place in the home of father and son, in Egypt, and in the cubiculumof the bridegroom. Second, the collective psychomachia, as it were, of Ecclesia peregrinans, in which Ecclesia is at once locus and participant in the battle; this takes place in a composite topography of ways, forts, and territory. The third stage calls for Ecclesia to stay on the right track and for the parousiato take place. The parable maintains its allegorical storyline throughout; not once is the king's son referred to explicitly as Christ, just as the father remains simply "the father". Only in Par IV.5 is Jesus mentioned, as the goal that Ecclesia ought to follow; and it is not till the final non-parabolic entreaty that Ecclesia is named sponsa Christi.

Keywords: Christ; cubiculum; De Ecclesia Quae Captiva Erat; Egypt; Parabola IV; psychomachia; spiritual topography



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