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The Oxford Handbook of Origen Ronald E. Heine (Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology, Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology, Bushnell University, USA)

The Oxford Handbook of Origen By Ronald E. Heine (Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology, Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology, Bushnell University, USA)


This Handbook interrogates Origen's legacy for the twenty-first century, exploring problems of translation, transmission and the positioning of Origen in the histories of philosophy, theology, and orthodoxy.

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The Oxford Handbook of Origen by Ronald E. Heine (Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology, Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology, Bushnell University, USA)

This interrogation of Origen's legacy for the 21st Century returns to old questions built upon each other over eighteen centuries of Origen scholarship-problems of translation and transmission, positioning Origen in the histories of philosophy, theology, and orthodoxy, and defining his philological and exegetical programmes. The essays probe the more reliable sources for Origen's thought by those who received his legacy and built on it. They focus on understanding how Origen's legacy was adopted, transformed and transmitted looking at key figures from the fourth century through the Reformation. A section on modern contributions to the understanding of Origen embraces the foundational contributions of Huet, the twentieth century movement to rehabilitate Origen from his status as a heterodox teacher, and finally, the identification in 2012 of twenty-nine anonymous homilies on the Psalms in a codex in Munich as homilies of Origen. Equally important has been the investigation of Origen's historical, cultural, and intellectual context. These studies track the processes of appropriation, assimilation and transformation in the formation and transmission of Origen's legacy. Origen worked at interpreting Scripture throughout his life. There are essays addressing general issues of hermeneutics and his treatment of groups of books from the Biblical canon in commentaries and homilies. Key points of his theology are also addressed in essays that give attention to the fluid environment in which Origen developed his theology. These essays open important paths for students of Origen in the 21st century.

About Ronald E. Heine (Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology, Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology, Bushnell University, USA)

Ronald E. Heine earned his B.A., M.A., and M. Div in New Testament studies at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. He earned his Ph. D. at the University of Illinois where his major was Classical Philology with a specialization in the Church Fathers. His dissertation was directed by William Schoedel. He has taught at several church related colleges and universities in the U. S. From 1989-2000 he was Director of the Institut zur Erforschung des Urchristemtum in Tubingen, Germany. His field of specialization is second and third century Christianity. Karen Jo Torjesen is a Professor Emerita of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. Her research interests include constructions of gender and sexuality in early Christianry, authority and institutionalization in the early churches, hermeneutics and rhetoric in late antiquity, and transnational feminism. She is the author of Hermeneutical Procedure and Theological Structure in Origen's Exegesis and When Women Were Priests, and co-editor of Women in American Christianity and Indigenous Peoples and the Modern State.

Table of Contents

Karen Jo Torjesen: Introduction Part I: Origen in His Contexts 1: Atilla Jacab: The Social History of the Alexandrian Church 2: Robert Berchman: Origen's Reworking of the Legacy of Greek Philosophy 3: Ismo Dunderberg: Origen's Dialogue with Heracleon and the School of Valentinus 4: Annewies van den Hoek: Origen's Indebtedness to Clement of Alexandria 5: Justin Rogers: Origen's Use of Philo Judeaus 6: Daniel Boyarin: Origen's Dialogue with the Rabbis of Caesarea 7: Arturo Urbano: Difficulties in Writing a Life of Origen Part II: Origen and the Hermeneutics 8: Geoffrey D. Dunn: Origen's Biblical Interpretation and Classical Forensic Rhetoric 9: Gerardo Rodriguez: The Contribution of Bernhard Neuschafer's Origenes als Philologe 10: Frances Young: Rethinking the Alexandrian - Antiochian Hermeneutical Antithesis Part III: Origen and the Bible 11: Maren Niehoff: Origen's Commentaries on the Old Testament 12: Ronald E. Heine: Origen's Commentaries on the Gospels 13: Francesca Cocchini: Origen's Pauline Commentaries 14: Francesco Pieri: Origen's Homilies on the Bible Part IV: Origen's Theology 15: Rebecca Lyman: Origen as a Theologian: An Overview 16: Mark Edwards: Origen as Apologist for the Christian Faith 17: Michael Vlad Niculescu: The Hermeneutical Foundations of Origen's Soteriology 18: Christian Hengstermann: The Three Hypostases in Origen: Proto-Trinitarian Theology 19: Peter Martens: The Development of Origen's Christology in the Context of Second and Third Century Christologies 20: Jose Alviar: Origen's Theological Anthropology 21: Mark Scott: Cosmic Theodicy: Origen's Treatment of The Problem of Evil 22: John McGuckin: Origen's Eschatology Part V: Receptions of Origen 23: Andrew Louth: The Transmission of Origenism from Athanasius to the Cappadocians 24: Rick Layton: Controversies over the legacy of Origen in the fourth through the sixth centuries 25: Michael Cameron: Origen's Influence on Augustine 26: Tom Scheck: The Influence of Origen on Erasmus 27: Andrea Villani: Origen in the Reformation and Renaissance Part VI: Modern Contributions to the Study of Origen 28: Elena Rapetti: The Contribution of Pierre Daniel Huet to the Modern Study of Origen 29: Robert Daly: The Discovery of the True Origen by Twentieth Century Scholars 30: Lorenzo Perrone: A New Greek Text of Origen's Homilies on the Psalms: Description and Assessment of Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Cod. graec. 314

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