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The Influence of Origen on the Young Augustine

A Chapter of the History of Origenism


The main purpose of the book is to demonstrate that as early as the first phase of his activity (386-393 AD), Augustine did make use of some Origenian works, and that basic elements of his early theology were derived from the Alexandrian master.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-702-5
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Sep 17,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 342
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-702-5
$219.00

The Influence of Origen on the Young Augustine provides a new and unprecedented analysis of Augustine's early career, including his celebrated conversion and the theology of his early writings. The author re-interprets Augustine's early accounts of his conversion and comes to a conclusion which runs counter to the general scholarly view. The main thesis of the book argues that as early as the first phase of Augustine's activity (386-393 AD), he made use of some Origenian works and basic elements of his early theology were derived from the Alexandrian master. The author provides an analysis of Augustine's first exegetical work, De genesi contra manichaeos, and argues for the possibility that a Latin compilation of Origen's understanding of Genesis existed and was used by Latin authors of the fourth century.

"This book amply fulfils its promise of opening up a new chapter in the history of the reception of Origen's thought." -- Joseph W. Trigg, Journal of Early Christian Studies

György Heidl (b. 1967) is Associate Professor in History of Aesthetics at University of Ptcs, Hungary. He studies and teaches the theology and exegesis of the Church Fathers and translates their works into Hungarian.

The Influence of Origen on the Young Augustine provides a new and unprecedented analysis of Augustine's early career, including his celebrated conversion and the theology of his early writings. The author re-interprets Augustine's early accounts of his conversion and comes to a conclusion which runs counter to the general scholarly view. The main thesis of the book argues that as early as the first phase of Augustine's activity (386-393 AD), he made use of some Origenian works and basic elements of his early theology were derived from the Alexandrian master. The author provides an analysis of Augustine's first exegetical work, De genesi contra manichaeos, and argues for the possibility that a Latin compilation of Origen's understanding of Genesis existed and was used by Latin authors of the fourth century.

"This book amply fulfils its promise of opening up a new chapter in the history of the reception of Origen's thought." -- Joseph W. Trigg, Journal of Early Christian Studies

György Heidl (b. 1967) is Associate Professor in History of Aesthetics at University of Ptcs, Hungary. He studies and teaches the theology and exegesis of the Church Fathers and translates their works into Hungarian.

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ContributorBiography

György Heidl

György Heidl is the Head of Department of Aesthetics at the University of Pécs, Hungary, associate Professor in History of Aesthetics and a founder of the Center of Patristic Studies, as well as the Hungarian Patristic Society. He studies and teaches the theology and exegesis of the Church Fathers and translates their works into Hungarian. In Hungary he is also renowned for playing and composing music.

  • Preface (page 5)
  • Acknowledgements (page 9)
  • Table of Contents (page 11)
  • Abbreviations (page 13)
  • Part I Origen and Augustines Conversion (page 15)
    • Introduction (page 17)
    • 1 The libri pleni (page 21)
    • 2 De beata vita 1.4 (page 33)
    • 3 Simplicianus and the libri pleni (page 41)
    • 4 The period of hesitation (page 51)
    • 5 St. Paul and Rom. 13:13-14 (page 61)
    • 6 The reason for the silence (page 77)
  • Part II Augustines De Genesi contra manichaeos (page 89)
    • Introduction (page 91)
    • 1 The mystic Beginning (Gen. 1:1) (page 95)
    • 2 Heaven, earth, and firmament (Gen. 1:1-6) (page 99)
    • 3 Waters (Gen. 1:7) (page 109)
    • 4 Anti-anthropomorphite arguments against the manichees (page 119)
    • 5 The creation of man (Gen. 1:26;Gen. 2:7) (page 125)
    • Interior and exterior man (page 126)
    • 6 Male, female, and spiritual dominion (Gen. 1:27-28) (page 139)
    • 7 The Papyrus of Giessen: A fragment from a homily on Eden? (page 149)
    • 8 Spiritual Paradise (page 153)
    • 9 The Fall (page 165)
  • Part III Augustines Early Protology and Eschatology (page 179)
    • Introduction (page 181)
    • 1 The Initial State of Man (page 185)
    • 2 The Final State of the Creatures (page 203)
    • 3 The Resurrection of the Body (page 223)
  • Appendix 1: Canticle images in Confessions 9.2.3 (page 233)
  • Appendix 2: The Little Commentaries on Matthew (page 237)
  • Appendix 3: Some Traces of a Latin Compilation of Origens Commentary on Genesis (page 251)
  • Commentary on Genesis (page 251)
    • The Author of the So-Called Tractatus Origenis (page 251)
    • The Origenian Background of the First Tractatus (page 258)
    • Does the First Tractatus Directly Depend on a Latin Translation of Origens Text? (page 264)
    • Does the First Tractatus Depend on Novatian? (page 267)
    • Does Novatian Directly Depend on Origen? (page 268)
    • Does the First Tractatus Depend on Origens Text Translated by Novatian? (page 275)
  • Appendix 4: Hilary and the Latin Compilation of Origens Commentary on Genesis (page 287)
  • Bibliography (page 305)
    • Selected Primary Sources (page 305)
    • Secondary Sources (page 311)
  • Index of Names (page 339)
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