Message: Saving Knowledge

Peter W. Martens

in Origen and Scripture

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639557
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738135 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Message: Saving Knowledge

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Exegetical activity was not simply an opportunity to express various Christian convictions; it was also a moment to welcome divine resources that strengthened the faith. This chapter examines Origen's rich doctrine of Scripture, with a particular focus on his central belief in its fecundity: it was a collection of documents given by God for new life, the salvation of the human race, including the salvation of interpreters. The argument begins with his conception of Scripture's authorship (“inspiration”), and in particular, authorial intent. It then turns to Origen's various summaries of what he believed was the one underlying scriptural message. This message could be encapsulated in terms of its moral and mystical teaching, the church's rule of faith, the soul's journey to God, or its central figure, Jesus Christ. This chapter concludes with an account of how Origen envisioned Scripture's efficacy in promoting the salvation of its interpreters.

Keywords: Origen; rule of faith; moral; mystical; journey to God; Jesus; Scripture; inspiration; scriptural message; salvation

Chapter.  18449 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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