An allegory is a prolonged metaphor

Examples: Psalm 80:8-19; Isaiah 5:1-7 (mixed); Genesis 49:9 (brief); Ezekiel 17:1-10 (2 great eagles - mixed)

Rules for interpreting allegories

  1. Determine the scope of the allegory -- the area of truth covered.
  2. Seize the main teaching which that allegory is intended to give.
  3. Interpret all accessories in harmony with the main truth of teaching (use Isaiah 5:1-7 as an example).