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Origen and Scripture: The Contours of the Exegetical Life

Peter W. Martens


Scriptural interpretation was an important form of scholarship for Christians in late antiquity. For no one does this claim ring more true than Origen of Alexandria (185–254), one of the most prolific scholars of Scripture in early Christianity. This book examines his approach to the Bible through a biographical lens: the focus is on his account of the scriptural interpreter, the animating center of the exegetical enterprise. In pursuing this largely neglected line of inquiry, the book discloses the contours of Origen's sweeping vision of scriptural exegesis as a way of life. For him, ideal in ... More

Keywords: Origen, Scripture, philologists, Christianity, scriptural exegesis, ideal interpreter, Greco-Roman education, scholarship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199639557
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter W. Martens, author
Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, St. Louis University