Horizons: The Beginning and End of the Drama of Salvation

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

Horizons: The Beginning and End of the Drama of Salvation

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The preceding chapters demonstrate the ways in which Origen contextualized interpreters of Scripture within the middle of the Christian drama of salvation. However, this drama stretched both behind and ahead of interpreters laboring over Scripture in this life—it had not simply a middle, but also a beginning and an end. This final chapter demonstrates how Origen located interpreters at the protological and eschatological horizons of the cosmic story of salvation, especially as this story is adumbrated in On First Principles. It argues that scriptural interpretation in this life both reprised what had fleetingly transpired at the very beginning of the mind's existence, as well as anticipated and prepared it for what would be practiced more perfectly in the ages to come.

Keywords: Origen; drama of salvation; protological (beginning); eschatological (end); On First Principles

Chapter.  9022 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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