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By Pamphilus, Thomas Scheck

ISBN-10: 0813201209

ISBN-13: 9780813201207

Presented the following for the 1st time in English translation (from Rufinus's Latin model) is the Apology for Origen, the only surviving paintings of St. Pamphilus of Caesarea (d. 310 AD), who used to be the most celebrated priest-martyrs of the traditional Church. Written from criminal with the collaboration of Eusebius (later to develop into the bishop of Caesarea), the Apology makes an attempt to refute accusations made opposed to Origen, protecting his perspectives with passages quoted from his personal works. Pamphilus goals to teach Origen's constancy to the apostolic proclamation, bringing up excerpts that display Origen's orthodoxy and his vehement repudiation of heresy. He then takes up a sequence of particular accusations raised opposed to Origen's doctrine, quoting passages from Origen's writings that confute fees raised opposed to his Christology. a few excerpts reveal that Origen didn't deny the historical past of the biblical narratives; others make clear Origen's doctrine of souls and elements of his eschatology. Pamphilus was once beheaded on February sixteen, 310, below the emperor Maximinus Daia.

In 397 advert, on the pressing invitation of his buddy Macarius, Rufinus of Aquileia translated Pamphilus's Apology into Latin, the 1st of his huge translations of Origen's writings. Rufinus most likely didn't suspect the incomparable value of his project, yet by way of translating Origen he stored from drawing close break the most useful monuments of Christian antiquity, destined to shape Latin minds for a few years to come.

Also awarded during this quantity is a brand new English translation of Rufinus's paintings, On the Falsification of the Books of Origen within which Rufinus units forth arguments for his idea that Origen's writings had suffered interpolations through heretics. Rufinus demonstrates that literary frauds and forgeries conducted via heretics have been common and affected many writers. He could have been misled through his severe recognize for Origen's genius, and he definitely exaggerated whilst he claimed that each one the doctrinal mistakes to be met with in Origen's works have been because of interpolations.


Thomas P. Scheck is assistant professor of classics and theology at Ave Maria collage. he's the translator of a number of works of the Church Fathers: Origen's Commentary at the Epistle to the Romans, Homilies on Numbers, and Homilies on Ezekiel, St. Jerome's Commentary on Matthew, and Commentaries on Galatians, Titus, and Philemon. His examine pursuits contain the reception of the Church Fathers within the West and the theology of Erasmus of Rotterdam.

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Very rarely and infrequently do we find passages by which perhaps those with less knowledge, or, to speak more truly, the malicious, are able to see themselves offended. Yet some destroy and disdain everything Origen has written, even the things that they themselves confess to be catholic and fit for the edification of souls and for instruction in knowledge. 45 Instead, those things alone that lead to calumny are the things they learn with utmost zeal. And as those who have perhaps never learned anything good, they recommend these things that they say are not good as things that must be retained in the memory as a matter of first importance.

Cf. C. Kannengiesser, “Christology,” in The Westminster Handbook to Origen, ed. J.  . ” 69. “Damnosa haereditas,” 166–67. 70. See my chart on pp. 1–2 in Scheck, Origen and the History of Justification. 71. R. P. C. ” 293–303. INTRODUCTION 23 cerpts in question (Apology 94–99) claim to be from Origen’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews. Hanson reaches a negative verdict on the question of authenticity, as do Amacker and Junod, Williams, and Röwekamp. It appears to me that these scholars are correct and that Rufinus has indeed glossed this text with wording that reflects that used in the Dialogue of Adamantius.

Wilken, “Justification by Works: Fate and the Gospel in the Roman Empire,” Concordia Theological Monthly 40 (1969): 379–92. See Scheck, Origen and the History of Justification, 23–29. 71. Latin: ratio. 72. 41. 52 ST. 73 But what existed before this world, or what will exist after the world, has not yet been explicitly defined for the multitude; for clear statements about these matters are not expressed in the Church’s proclamation. Next, [the apostles have handed down] that the Scriptures were written by the Spirit of God and have a meaning, not merely that which is manifest, but also another meaning, which escapes the notice of most.

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