Origen by Joseph W. Trigg

By Joseph W. Trigg

Origen used to be the main influential Christian theologian ahead of Augustine, the founding father of Biblical research as a significant self-discipline within the Christian culture, and a determine with massive impression at the improvement of Christian spirituality.
This quantity provides a accomplished and obtainable perception into Origen's lifestyles and writings. An creation analyzes the critical affects that shaped him as a Christian and as a philosopher, his emergence as a mature theologian at Alexandria, his paintings in Caesarea and his arguable legacy. clean translations of a consultant collection of Origen's writings, together with a few by no means formerly on hand in print, express how Origen supplied a long-lasting framework for Christian theology by way of discovering via research of the Bible a coherent knowing of God's saving plan.

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Origen used to be the main influential Christian theologian earlier than Augustine, the founding father of Biblical examine as a major self-discipline within the Christian culture, and a determine with big impact at the improvement of Christian spirituality. This quantity provides a complete and available perception into Origen's existence and writings.

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96 Origen’s standards for what is literal may strike the modern reader as obtuse, as when he argues that Jesus’ injunction “if someone strikes you on the right cheek” (Mt. 98 The spiritual interpretation that penetrates to the profounder sense requires two things: (1) obedience to Jesus’ command to “search the scriptures” (Jn 5:39) by devoting prolonged, careful, and exact examination to them; and (2) God’s assistance, which “breaks in pieces the gates of brass” (Isa. 45:2) that hide the “treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col.

Origen’s preface provides a key to his intentions. As we have seen, he begins by arguing that those who believe and are persuaded that Christ is God’s word and truth must seek the truth through Christ’s teachings. Since Christ is the Logos, these constitute the entire Bible, not just Christ’s words recorded in the gospels. He then goes on to argue that because many who profess to believe in Christ disagree, not just in small and trivial matters, but also in ones of great and the greatest importance, that is about God, or about our Lord Jesus Christ himself, or about the Holy Spirit, and not just about these, but also about creatures, dominions and holy powers, for this reason it seems necessary beforehand to establish a firm line and distinct rule about each of these subjects, and then we can also investigate other subjects.

He conceived both on a grand scale – Book 1 of the Commentary on John covers the gospel’s first half verse! – and continued to work on them for much of his life. In the only extensive surviving fragment of his Commentary on Genesis, included below, Origen vindicates human freedom of choice against astral determinism. Book 1 of his Commentary on John, written in Alexandria, is included here in full. Origen begins it with an introduction to the gospel that constitutes one his fullest statements of exegetical principles.

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