The Bible is undoubtedly one of the greatest examples of Western literature. Even a literal reading of the Bible finds passages of great beauty, sublime inspiration, and moving drama. But biblical scholars say that it is possible to read the Bible in an allegorical sense, recognizing that while the biblical narratives have some historical basis, the language itself is largely—but not entirely—allegorical. It is constructed of symbols, allegories and parables, each of them containing profound spiritual truths. Because a mere literal reading often glosses over such truths, unaware of their presence within Scripture, this symbolical language has sometimes been referred to as the Mystery Language. 1967. 29 minutes.