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Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs

Origen and Prophecy

Fate, Authority, Allegory, and the Structure of Scripture

Claire Hall

Origen and Prophecy

Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs

Origen and Prophecy

Fate, Authority, Allegory, and the Structure of Scripture

Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs: Origen and Prophecy

 

Origen is frequently hailed as the most important Christian writer of his period. This book examines whether there was a system to Origen's thinking about prophecy.


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Origen is frequently hailed as the most important Christian writer of his period (c.185-c.255 AD), and the first systematic theologian. Origen and Prophecy: Fate, Authority, Allegory, and the Structure of Scripture examines whether there was a system to Origen's thinking about prophecy. How were all of these quite different topics - future-telling, moral leadership, mystical revelation - contained in the single word 'prophecy'?

Origen and Prophecy presents a new account of Origen's concept of prophecy which takes its cue from the structure of Origen's thinking about scripture. He claims that scripture can be read in three different senses: the straightforward, or 'somatic' (bodily) sense; the moral, or 'psychic' (soul-ish) sense; and the mystical, or 'pneumatic' (spiritual) sense. This threefold structure, says Origen, underpins all of scripture and is intimately linked through Christ with the structure of
the Holy Trinity. This book illustrates how Origen thought about prophecy using the same threefold structure, with somatic (future-telling), psychic (moral), and pneumatic (mystical revelatory) senses. The chapters weave through several centuries of Greek pagan, Jewish, and Christian thinking about prophecy,
divination, time, human nature, autonomy and freedom, allegory and metaphor, and the role of the divine in the order and structure of the cosmos.


ISBN
9780192846648
Pagina's
240
Verschenen
Serie
Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs
NUR
700
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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