By Joseph W. Trigg

Origen was once 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 effect at the improvement of Christian spirituality.
This quantity provides a accomplished and obtainable perception into Origen's existence and writings. An advent analyzes the significant 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 number 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 realizing of God's saving plan.

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E. 13 Gregory’s account of Origen’s teaching practice demonstrates how he exercised God’s providence along with human care for his pupil. Its fundamental concern was integrating the student’s personality, or, more precisely, reintegrating it, into the image and likeness of God. 15 Such integration involved the union of theory and practice. 16 The hallmark of such education is personal appropriation of ideas as opposed to simply knowing information. 17 Evidently the genuine teacher’s goal is not to have the student reproduce his ideas but to become like himself.

Preaching As a presbyter at Caesarea Origen seems to have preached regularly, at least for some years, at the eucharistic gathering. His homilies provide our fullest access by far to Christian preaching in the anteNicene period. ) Origen’s procedure was to go through a passage that had just been read and explain it, 38 MAN OF THE CHURCH AT CAESAREA roughly verse by verse, while drawing out its moral implications. 24 Four homilies, two that survive in Greek and two on Luke preserved in Jerome’s translation, are included here.

In AD 234 he settled permanently in Caesarea, a date which divides his career as a teacher into two roughly equal halves. 7 Early works Although Origen remained, throughout his life, open to growth and change, his Alexandrian works set forth the approach to the Bible and to theology that would last him the rest of his career. His desire to gain the best possible access to the biblical text led to one of the great projects of his life, the Hexapla, an immense and complex word-for-word comparison of the Septuagint with the Hebrew Bible and other Greek translations.

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