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Origen and Prophecy

Fate, Authority, Allegory, and the Structure of Scripture
  • By Claire Hall

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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.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780192846648
    • Manufacturer: Oxford Univ Pr
    • Author: Claire Hall
    • ISBN 13: 9780192846648
    • Publication Date: 11/01/2021
    • Format: Hardcover
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