mystical sense of Scripture


In the historical or literal sense words signify things; but sometimes God ordained that the things signified by the words should signify other things, and so we get the mystical or spiritual sense. Saint Paul, for example, tells us in the Epistle to the Galatians that Ismael and Isaac were types of Jewish bondage and Christian liberty. The mystical sense is subdivided into the allegorical, where the things of the old signify the mysteries of the new law, the moral where they signify moral precepts, the anagogical where they signify future glory.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “mystical sense of Scripture”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 4 March 2021. <>