In Byzantine Biblical Hermeneutics, Father Maximos Constas wrotes:
To offer the faithful the Bible without allegorical interpretation, Gregory contended, would be like giving them food fit only for “irrational animals”, since it was “unprepared, uncooked, and unsuitable nourishment for rational beings”, a situation which applied to the words of the New Testament as well (Gregory of Nyssa, Homilies on the Song of Songs 5-11; Heine 1984).
Note: If you are not already signed into your Academia.edu account, then you will need to sign in, at which point it will probably not show you the paper you wanted. Leave that window open, return here, and click the link again, and now you’ll see what you wanted to read! Apologies for their poor interface.