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The Present Occurrence of Past Events: Origen

John David Dawson

in Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226302
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925984 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520226302.003.0007
The Present Occurrence of Past Events: Origen

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This chapter provides a close reading of sections of the Commentary on the Gospel of John, which was written by Origen. It shows that Origen's unique way of preserving history is obvious in his antignostic exegesis of the Gospel of John. It looks at one of Origen's main concerns, which involves the continued relevance of past actions for the spiritual advancement of his contemporaries. The chapter also introduces a key aspect of Christian reading that Erich Auerbach failed to deal with properly.

Keywords: Gospel of John; antignostic exegesis; relevance; past actions; spiritual advancement; Christian reading

Chapter.  5104 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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