St. John Chrysostom is not one of the Desert Fathers, Iconodule.
I am not terribly well-versed in such things (having never been an Antiochian myself), but I have noticed that kind of orientation in some of our priests' and others expositions of the Bible (I can't think of anything in particular off the top of my head as it has been a while since I've been to liturgy, and of course such things don't come up constantly anyway). It is more or less as Fr. Lazarus has put it: a tree need not be a tree, nor a man a man, etc. Things that would otherwise be rather plain or straightforward can be interpreted allegorically, such that they may be taken as a type of something else or symbol of a deeper reality. I am reminded of the word given Fr. Mark Gruber OSB by one of the old monks of the desert in his "Return to Eden" book (I'm sure I've posted it here before, so I won't again, as it's not of Patristic vintage, nor strictly concerning the Bible), wherein the faith is likened to the alphabet, and letters in turn to symbolize the eagle and the home, and from there God and man, as united in Christ Jesus our Lord. Such very simple but multi-layered insights are common to this general approach. I've never taken it to be against the Antiochian or more literal understanding, but it does seem to be somewhat characteristic of Coptic spirituality.