used only in Galatians 4:24 , where the apostle refers to the history of Isaac the free-born, and Ishmael the slave-born, and makes use of it allegorically.
Every parable is an allegory. Nathan ( 2 Samuel 12:1-4 ) addresses David in an allegorical narrative. In the eightieth Psalm there is a beautiful allegory: "Thou broughtest a vine out of Egypt," etc. In Eccl 12:2-6 , there is a striking allegorical description of old age.
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
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[J] indicates this entry was also found in Jack Van Impe's Prophecy Dictionary
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Allegory". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".