Homilies on Jeremiah and 1 Kings 28

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CUA Press, 1998 - Religion - 358 pages
Souls existing before their bodies, witches summoning dead prophets from the underworld, the return of the damned - and the Devil himself - to God in the end, and many other theological speculations surprise the reader of Origen's ""Homilies on Jeremiah and I Kings 28"". Some of these very theses of the third-century priest from Alexandria, Egypt, were condemned in the Second Council of Constantinople. But plumbing the mystical depths of the Prophecy of Jeremiah is the central point of the homilies. Presented in this volume are the remains of 22 homilies and a collection of fragments delivered by Origen around AD240. The original texts of the homilies on Jeremiah have not come down to us completely: two of the homilies survive only in a Latin translation of St. Jerome. The homily on I Kings 28, while not a part of the homilies on Jeremiah, deals with the Witch of Endor and has been added to this volume in virtue of its own inherent interest. In this collection, Origen seeks understanding of the significance of the hostility of the Chosen People towards the Prophet Jeremiah before their captivity in Babylon. Origen in many ways identified with the great prophet and thought of Jeremiah as a type for Christ in the Hebrew Scriptures. Origen realized that Jeremiah came at a crucial time in the history of Israel, the time of captivity, and he views this event and the events around it as pregnant with meaning for the people of his time. Watching a master grapple with admittedly difficult, obscure texts and give them compelling, forceful delivery must have impressed Origen's congregation. Readers will find it no less engaging to read his homilies now and experience some of that exhilaration of hearing a true expert highlight every subtlety of the pericope and make plain what once was obscure.
 

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Contents

Jeremiah 1110
3
Jeremiah 22122
23
Jeremiah 231
28
Jeremiah 3611
30
Jeremiah 32248
40
Jeremiah 535
62
Jeremiah 51819
68
Jeremiah 101214
74
Jeremiah 171116
180
Jeremiah 18116
188
Jeremiah 2017
207
Jeremiah 20712
221
Jeremiah 272329 502329
245
Jeremiah 2869 5169
260
FRAGMENTS ON JEREMIAH
275
FRAGMENTS OF HOMILIES 21 AND 39 FROM THE PHILOCALIA
277

Jeremiah 11110
85
Jeremiah 1118129
94
Jeremiah 12111311
103
Jeremiah 131217
110
Jeremiah 1557
130
Jeremiah 151019
135
Jeremiah 1510 and 175
157
Jeremiah 1616171
166
FRAGMENTS FROM THE CATENA
280
HOMILY ON 1 KINGS 28
317
HOMILY ON 1 KINGS 28
319
INDICES
335
GENERAL INDEX
337
INDEX OF HOLY SCRIPTURE
348
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