Dockery describes Origen’s hermeneutical approach as threefold: He thought that Scripture had three different, yet complementary, meanings; (1) a literal or physical sense, (2) a moral or psychical sense, and (3) an allegorical or intellectual sense. The threefold sense was based upon his belief in a corresponding threefold division of mankind” (1) the physical, (2) the emotional or psychical, and (3) the spiritual or intellectual. Origen’s hermeneutic was derived, in part, from his view of the trichotomist nature of man. Nassif says: Just as human beings consist of body, soul and spirit, so also do the Scriptures. The bodily sense of a text was either the historical or literal meaning. The soulish meaning of a text contained a figurative exhortation to avoid vice and grow in virtue. It was the moral or ethical teaching. The third level was the spiritual meaning of Scripture. It contained the allegorical sense which was the most profound level appropriate to God and humanity. It reveals God’s plan of salvation through Christ’s incarnation. But it is known only to a mature group of elite believers… He believed that truth was conveyed “in enigmas and symbols, in allegories and metaphor, and in similar figures.” According to the allegorical method, “Hidden meanings abound everywhere, such as Sarah in Genesis as wisdom, and to Hagar as the wisdom of the world. In the Garden of Eden the tree of life meant “divine thought.” After reading some conclusions that 2nd century allegorists came up with, I have come to a conclusion. If they are correct that only the "intellectual elite" people can understand their exegetical conclusions, then I must not be one of the "intellectual elite." I have tried to figure out how they come to their conclusions, but I fail to see their interpretation of those texts.