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Homilies on Genesis and Exodus

Origen

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Cover, Title page, copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Select Bibliography

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pp. vii-x

Abbreviations

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pp. xi-xii

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Introduction

Origen stands out in the third century Church like an oak on the prairie. The Church was to live for centuries in the shade of his achievements, both instructed and divided by them. Few indeed were the churchmen in the following centuries, even among those ...

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Eusebius and the Life of Origen

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pp. 2-7

Eusebius of Caesarea, as Eugene de Faye said over half a century ago, is still our principal authority for the life of Origen.9 Pierre Nautin's recent monumental study of Origen, however, has taken Origen studies one step behind Eusebius' ...

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Origen at Alexandria

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pp. 7-17

Origen was born ca. A.D. 185.37 Though Eusebius does not mention his birth or birthplace, it is assumed, because his story of Origen's youth is set in Alexandria, that he was born in that city. We know very little about Origen's childhood. Porphyry says he was born and educated ...

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Origen at Caesarea

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pp. 17-24

One of Origen's first undertakings at Caesarea seems to have been the completion of his Commentary on John for Ambrose. In the preface to the sixth book of that commentary, he refers, as we already noted, to his having come out of Egypt. The storm has ...

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Origen's Death

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pp. 24-25

In 249 Decius became emperor and undertook to revive the ancient paganism.127 An edict was issued demanding that all people offer sacrifices to the gods. Fabian, bishop of Rome was executed. Alexander of Jerusalem and Fabius of Antioch were imprisoned for refusing to ...

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The Preservation of Origen's Works

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pp. 25-27

Origen's literary output was truly prodigious.131 Epiphanius estimated his works to number six thousand.132 Jerome, basing his statement on the list of Origen's works Eusebius had inserted in Book 3 of his Life of Pamphilus,133 puts the number ...

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The Latin Translations of Rufinus of Aquileia

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pp. 27-29

In A.D. 397, after spending twenty-five years in the East, Rufinus left his monastery on the Mount of Olives and returned to Italy.140 He brought with him a collection of Greek Christian manuscripts. Several of Origen's works were among ...

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Rufinus'Assumptions, Methodology, and Reliability as a Translator

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pp. 30-39

Rufinus has long been maligned as a translator by his critics.149 Hal Koch makes the statement that Koetschau's edition of the De Principiis and de Faye's investigations have shown that Rufinus cannot be trusted in his translation of that work.150 De Faye, he says, was ...

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The Greek Fragments of the Homilies on Genesis and Exodus

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pp. 39-40

In the homilies on Genesis, portions of Homily 2.1-2 have been preserved in Procopius and catenae. 194 The catenae manuscripts, Baehrens points out, are in three classes: (1) the catena on Genesis and Exodus, (2) the catena on Genesis, and ...

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The Latin Manuscript Tradition, Editions and Translations of the Homilies on Genesis ans Exodus

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pp. 41-43

The definitive work on the Latin manuscript tradition of the homilies on Genesis and Exodus was done by W. A. Baehrens in 1916.202 His research demonstrated conclusively that the seventeenth homily on Genesis present in some manuscripts was not ...

The Homilies on Genesis

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Homily I

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pp. 47-71

In the beginning God made heaven and earthI What is the beginning of all things except our Lord and "Savior of all," Jesus Christ "the firstborn of every creature"? 2 In this beginning, therefore, that is, in his Word, "God made heaven and ...

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Homily II

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pp. 72-88

As we begin to speak about the ark which was constructed by Noah at God's command, let us see first of all what is related about it literally, and, proposing the questions which many are in the habit of presenting, let us search out also their ...

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Homily III

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pp. 89-102

We read in many passages of the divine Scripture that God speaks to men. For this reason the Jews indeed, but also some of our people, supposed that God should be understood as a man, that is, adorned with human members and human ...

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Homily IV

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pp. 103-111

Another appearance of God to Abraham has been read to us as follows: "God was seen," the text says, "by Abraham when he was sitting at the door of his tent at the oak of Mambre. And behold, three men stood before him, and looking about with ...

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Homily V

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pp. 112-120

When the angels who were sent to destroy Sodom desired to expedite the task with which they were charged, they first had concern for their host, Lot, that, in consideration of his hospitality, they might deliver him from the destruction ...

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Homily VI

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pp. 121-126

We have heard read from the book of Genesis the story where it is related that after the appearance of the three men, after the destruction of Sodom and the salvation of Lot either due to his hospitality or because of his kinship to ...

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Homily VII

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pp. 127-135

Moses is read to us in the church. Let us pray the Lord lest, in accordance with the Apostle's word, even with us, "when Moses is read the veil be upon" our "heart."1 For it has been read that Abraham begot a son, Isaac, when he was a hundred ...

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Homily VIII

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pp. 136-147

Give me your attention, you who have approached God, who believe yourselves to be faithful. Consider diligently how the faith of the faithful is proved from these words which have been read to us. "And it came to pass," the text says, "after these ...

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Homily IX

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pp. 148-156

The further we progress in reading, the greater grows the accumulation of mysteries for us, And just as if someone should embark on the sea borne by a small boat, as long as he is near land he has little fear, But, when he has advanced little ...

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Homily X

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pp. 157-167

Isaac, scripture says, "Grew" became strong, that is, Abraham's joy grew as he looked not at those things "which are seen, but at the things which are not seen."2 For Abraham did not rejoice about present things nor about the riches of the ...

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Homily XI

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pp. 168-175

The Holy Apostle always offers us opportunities for spiritual understanding and shows the zealous signs by which one may recognize in all things that "the Law is spiritual."l Though few, these signs are, nevertheless, necessary. He says, discussing Abraham ...

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Homily XII

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pp. 176-184

We should pray the father of the word during each individual reading "when Moses is read,"l that he might fulfill even in us that which is written in the Psalms: "Open my eyes and I will consider the wondrous things of your Law."2 For unless ...

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Homily XIII

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pp. 185-195

We are always encountering the habitual works of the patriarchs regarding wells. For behold the Scripture relates that Isaac, after "the Lord blessed him and he was greatly magnified,"l undertook a great work. And he began, the text ...

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Homily XIV

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pp. 196-202

It is written in the prophet speaking in the person of the Lord: "I have used similitudes by the ministries of the prophets."1 What this statement means is this: although our Lord Jesus Christ is one in his substance and is nothing other ...

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Homily XV

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pp. 203-213

We should observe in reading the Holy scriptures how "to go up" and "to go down" are employed in each individual passage. For if we were to give diligent consideration, we would discover that almost never is anyone said to have gone down ...

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Homily XVI

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pp. 214-224

According to the trustworthiness of scripture, no Egyptian was free. For "Pharao reduced the people to slavery to himself" nor did he leave anyone free within the borders of the Egyptians, but freedom was taken away in all the land of Egypt. And perhaps ...

The Homilies on Exodus

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Homily I

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pp. 227-238

I think each word of divine scripture is like a seed whose nature is to multiply diffusely, reborn into an ear of corn or whatever its species be, when it has been cast into the earth. Its increase is proportionate to the diligent labor of the skillful farmer or ...

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Homily II

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pp. 239-247

That "King who knew not Joseph"1 devises many things against the people of God and is always seeking new methods of harming them. But at this time his shrewdness goes beyond measure, when by the service of the midwives, by whose skill life ...

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Homily III

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pp. 248-259

While Moses was in Egypt and "was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians," he was not "feeble in speech" nor "slow in tongue" nor did he profess to be ineloquent: 2 For, so far as concerned the Egyptians, his speech was sonorous and his eloquence ...

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Homily IV

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pp. 260-274

We have just heard a most famous story read. The story should be known in the whole world because of its importance. It relates that Egypt, along with Pharao the king, was chastened with great scourgings of signs and prodigies that they might ...

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Homily V

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pp. 275-284

The apostlePaul, "Teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth"1 taught the Church which he gathered from the Gentiles how it ought to interpret the books of the Law. These books were received from others and were formerly unknown to the Gentiles ...

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Homily VI

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pp. 285-299

We read in the divine scriptures that many songs indeed were composed. Yet of all of these, this song is first which the people of God sang after the victory when the Egyptians and Pharao were drowned. It is the custom of the saints to offer a hymn ...

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Homily VII

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pp. 300-315

After the crossing of the Red Sea and the secrets of the magnificent mystery, after dances and tambourines, after triumphant hymns, they come to Mara. The water of Mara, however, was bitter and the people could not drink it. Why, then, after ...

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Homily VIII

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pp. 316-333

God says of every soul which has learned how to despise the present age, which "figuratively is called Egypt,"l and, to use the words of the Scriptures, "has been translated" by the word of God "and is not found,"2 because it hastens and strains to ...

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Homily IX

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pp. 334-345

If anyone properly understands the departure of the Hebrews from Egypt or the crossing of the Red Sea and this whole journey through the desert and every single campsite; if he is capable of understanding these things in such a way that he also ...

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Homily X

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pp. 346-354

But is two men shall quarrel and strike a woman with child and her infant issues forth yet unformed, he shall be liable for so much damage as the woman's husband shall determine, and he shall pay it with honor. But if the infant was fully ...

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Homily XI

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pp. 355-366

Since "everyone who wishes to live piously in Christ suffers persecution"1 and is attacked by enemies, he who the road of this life ought always to be armed and always to stand firm in the camp. For this reason it is also related about ...

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Homily XII

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pp. 367-374

The text of Exodus has been read to us which either stimulates us to seek understanding or repels us. It stimulates zealous and open minds; it repels idle and occupied minds. For it is written: "Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, and his ...

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Homily XIII

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pp. 375-387

We have already indeed previously spoken about the tabernacle as we were able, but the description is often repeated in the book of Exodus. It is related both when God commanded Moses how it ought to be made and again when Moses commanded ...

Appendix: The Interpretation of Names in the Genesis and Exodus Homilies

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pp. 389-397

Index of Proper Names

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pp. 401-405

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 407-422


E-ISBN-13: 9780813211718
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813213248

Page Count: 436
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: The fathers of the church, a new translation ;

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  • Bible. O.T. Genesis -- Sermons.
  • Bible. O.T. Exodus -- Sermons.
  • Sermons, Latin -- Translations into English.
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