Homilies on Numbers

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InterVarsity Press, Nov 13, 2009 - Religion - 196 pages
Origen of Alexandria (185-254), one of the most prolific authors of antiquity and arguably the most important and influential pre-Nicene Christian theologian, was a man of deep learning and holiness of life. Regrettably, many of his works are no longer extant, in part due to the condemnation of his ideas by the Fifth Ecumenical Council in 553. The condemnation, however, took little account of his historical circumstances and the tentative nature of his speculations. The anathemas were more likely directed toward sixth-century Origenist views than to the views of Origen himself, though clearly he expounded some views that would be judged unacceptable today. Origen's numerous homilies provide the oldest surviving corpus of Christian sermons and shaped exegesis for succeeding centuries. With Jerome he was one of the early church's great critical and literal exegetes. Devoutly he sought to develop a spiritual exegesis of the Old Testament grounded in the revelation of Jesus Christ. The Homilies on Numbers presented here offer a splendid example of his spiritual interpretation of Old Testament texts. He asks, What foreshadowing, what warning, what instruction, what encouragement, reproof, correction or exhortation, do we find in the narratives of Numbers for our benefit as Christians? Here, based on Baehren's critical Latin text, is the first English edition of these homilies, ably translated with explanatory notes by Thomas P. Scheck.
 

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Contents

Origens Homilies on Numbers PaGe
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Numbers 1154 PaGe
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Numbers 2134 PaGe
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Numbers 3539 PaGe
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Numbers 339449 PaGe
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Numbers 4149 PaGe
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Numbers 111625 12115 PaGe
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Numbers 12115 131834 1418 PaGe
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Numbers 231124 PaGe
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Numbers 232530 2419 PaGe
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Numbers 241019 PaGe
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Numbers 242024 PaGe
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Numbers 25110 PaGe
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Numbers 26 PaGe
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Numbers 27123 PaGe
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Numbers 2812939 PaGe
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Numbers 131834 14138 PaGe
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Numbers 17128 lxx Heb 16361713 rsv PaGe
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Numbers 1817 PaGe
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Numbers 18832 PaGe
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Numbers 211623 PaGe
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Numbers 212435 22114 PaGe
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Numbers 221528 PaGe
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Numbers 223141 23110 PaGe
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Numbers 2830 PaGe
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Numbers 31154 PaGe
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Numbers 3132 PaGe
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Numbers 33149 PaGe
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Numbers 3435 PaGe
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Subject Index page
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Scripture Index page
193
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Origen was an early Christian scholar, theologian, and one of the most distinguished of the early fathers of the Christian Church.

Thomas P. Scheck (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is assistant professor of classics and theology at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. He is the author of Origen and the History of Justification and the translator of other commentaries by Origen and Jerome.

Christopher A. Hall is chancellor at Eastern University. He is associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and author of Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers.

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