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Introduction

Peter W. Martens

in Origen and Scripture

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639557
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639557.003.0001

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Introduction

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This chapter begins by highlighting the thesis of this study, that Origen contextualized the interpreter—scholarly commitments included—within the Christian drama of salvation. An overview follows of the major trends in the literature on Origen's biblical interpretation, as well as a more detailed assessment of the four important studies that have shaped the scholarly discussion in the last half century: H. de Lubac, Histoire et esprit, R. P. C. Hanson, Allegory and Event, K. J. Torjesen, Hermeneutical Procedure and Theological Method in Origen's Exegesis, and B. Neuschäfer, Origenes als Philologe. After outlining the argument of each of the chapters in this book, there is a brief biographical sketch of Origen's life, drawn mainly from Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History and the Address of Thanksgiving to Origen. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the sources used in this study.

Keywords: Origen; H. de Lubac; R. P. C. Hanson; K. J. Torjesen; B. Neuschäfer; Eusebius; Christian drama of salvation

Chapter.  10937 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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