By drawing attention to these instances of physical and spiritual manuduction, Bede is clearly acknowledging Peter as a teacher in the line of Christ who "first did and then taught." Moreover, it is easy enough to also hear here an exhortation for Bede's own students to be raised up in virtue by means of the example of the saints.
In an instance of spiritual manuduction, then, Philip (who was himself led by the Spirit [8:29]) leads the Eunuch into and through the spiritual Temple gates by bringing "the obscurities of prophecy into the light" (84) and by baptizing him.
Besides radically re-interpreting and re-orienting the meaning of Solomon's temple to Christ as the font of Church, what these instances of manuduction also suggest is that entrance to the Heavenly Temple is not at all a matter of simply knowing the right things.
* a rebuttal of another's position: censure, exception, caveat, counterpoison, reply, antidote, answer, justification, eviction, replication, opposition, warning, defence, justification, apology, defensative, remedy, remonstrance, refutation, protestation, confutation, recovery, manuduction
Candler, Jr., Theology, Rhetoric, Manuduction
, Or Reading Scripture Together on the Path to God (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2006), 7, 152-55, 162; Denys Turner, Eros and Allegory: Medieval Exegesis of the Song of Songs (Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1995), 162; and Ivan Illich, In the Vineyard of the Text: A Commentary to Hugh's Didascalicon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993), 82.
This passage displays a deep understanding of the four senses--which are not simply "layers" of meaning but which constitute a means of the soul's "manuduction" into the inter-trinitarian life (Candler).
Candler, Peter M., ]r, Theology, Rhetoric, Manuduction, or, Reading Scripture Together on the Path to God.