Origen was the most influential Christian theologian before Augustine, the founder of Biblical study as a serious discipline in the Christian tradition, and a figure with immense influence on the development of Christian spirituality.
This volume presents a comprehensive and accessible insight into Origen's life and writings. An introduction analyzes the principal influences that formed him as a Christian and as a thinker, his emergence as a mature theologian at Alexandria, his work in Caesarea and his controversial legacy. Fresh translations of a representative selection of Origen's writings, including some never previously available in print, show how Origen provided a lasting framework for Christian theology by finding through study of the Bible a coherent understanding of God's saving plan.
Joseph W. Trigg is Rector of Christ Church (Episcopal), Port Tobacco Parish, La Plata, Maryland. His books include Origen: the Bible and Philosophy in the Third-century Church (Atlanta 1983) and Biblical Interpretation in the series Message of the Fathers of the Church (Delaware 1988).
'The extracts form his works are well chosen and clearly translated ... Author an publisher are to be congratulated on this volume, one of the first five in what promises to be a useful series' - Graham Gould, Theology
'... we are in Trigg's debt for his labours.' - Thomas O.Loughlin, Milltown Studies
'... it should whet the appetite of those who read it and encourage them to deepen their acquaintance with its subject ...' - Mary Sheather, Journal of Religious HIstory