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Scholarship: Divine Provenance

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/9780199639557.003.0004

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Scholarship: Divine Provenance

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Scholarly credentials were integral to Origen's vision of the ideal interpreter of Scripture. But his profile of this figure remains incomplete if we fail to grasp how he contextualized this figure within the Christian faith. This part of the study examines how a commitment to Christianity, from which this interpreter gained a spectrum of loyalties, guidelines, dispositions, relationships, and doctrines, tangibly informed biblical scholarship. The chapter focuses on the educational mandate detailed in the previous part of this study. It explains how Origen positioned Greco-Roman scholarship, especially in his debate with Celsus, as contingent upon God's creative and providential action in the universe. Standing in a long line of Christian apologetic discourse, he contended that all Wisdom, including the discipline of philology, came from God.

Keywords: Origen; Celsus; providence; philology; apologetics; divine provenance

Chapter.  10136 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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