Ronald E. Heine: Origen author Ronald E. Heine

At I needed If you happen to need a book on Origen s ife and work here it is written clearly but not excitingly A good solid piece of scholarship and very well grounded in place and time in a way that was very valuable for establishing context of Origen s thought There s a weird thing with Church Fathers that beca. Nable impact on Origen's intellectual workThe study begins with a description of Roman Alexandria where Origen spent the first forty six years of his California life The thought of the Alexandrian Christian community in which Origen was born and in whose service he produced his first written works is examined from theimited resources that have survived The remains of Origen's writings produced in Alexandria provide information about his early theological views as well as the circumstances of his ife in Alexandria Heine discusses the issuesof the canon and text of the Bible used by Origen and the Alexandrian Christian.

Heine shows how Origen s ocation affected his writing and preaching Most significantly he shows how Origen s thought developed over time Heine argues that Origen tempered some of his heterodox thinking in his Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., laterife in Caesarea I needed a book on precisely this subject and there it was and gave me exactly wh. This book is about the Somnium life and thought of Origen c185 254 AD the most important Greek speaking Christian theologian and Biblical scholar in antiuity His writings included works on the text of the Bible commentaries and sermons on most of the books of the Bible a major defense of the Christian faith against a philosophical skeptic and the first attempt at writing systematic theology ever made Ronald E Heine presents Origen's work in the context of the two urbancenters where heived Alexandria in Egypt and Caesarea in Palestine Heine argues that these urban contexts and their communities of faith had a discer.

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Use they were read and read and read and uoted and reinterpreted out of context in the middle ages and Renaissance that they and their ideas come unmoored from the actual civilization they were The Cronos Complex I living in Heine does a really good job of establishing Origen solidly in Alexandria and Caesaria of the early third centur. Community and the special work called the Hexapla which he produced on the text of the SeptuagintOrigen'sater ife in Caesarea was shaped by pastoral as well as teaching duties These responsibilities put him in contact with the city's arge Jewish population Heine argues that the focus of Origen's thought shifts in this period from his earlier Alexandrian occupation with Gnostic issues to the complex uestions concerning the relationship between church and synagogue and the ultimate fate of the Jews In his final years it appears that Origen was rethinking some of the views he hadespoused in his earlier work.

Ronald E Heine PhD University of Illinois is professor of Bible and Christian ministry at Northwest Christian University in Eugene Oregon He is the author of Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church and several books on Origen