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Origen and ScriptureThe Contours of the Exegetical Life$
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Peter W. Martens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639557.001.0001

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Boundaries (Part II): Interpretation in the New Israel

Boundaries (Part II): Interpretation in the New Israel

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Origen and Scripture

Petro W. Martens

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This chapter turns to Origen's critique of Jewish literalism. It demonstrates that he was almost always leveling a charge against a handful of readings of the law and prophets that both promoted central liturgical and doctrinal tenets of Judaism and, at the same time, advanced a critique of central Christian convictions. Related is Origen's objection to the biblical interpretation in Jewish Christian (Ebionite) communities. By unfolding his critique of Jewish exegesis, it will become clear how he exhorted ideal interpreters to embrace the exegetical tutelage of Jesus and Paul when wrestling with the enigmatic passages in the law and prophets.

Keywords:   Origen, literalism, Jewish, Ebionite, Jesus, Paul

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