The Early Church and the Afterlife

Post-death existence in Athenagoras, Tertullian, Origen and the Letter to Rheginos


Author: David Rankin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351609181

Category: Religion

Page: 140

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The resurrection of the dead was, as Tertullian says, ‘the chief article of the whole Christian faith’ (De resurrectione 39.3) and one of those beliefs which most distinguished Christian thought from much other contemporary thinking. This book looks at the way in which post-death existence is represented in the work of the early Church Fathers - notably Athenagoras, Tertullian, and Origen - and the Letter to Rheginos, and how these representations compare with its treatment both in Scripture and in contemporary, modern theological reflection. Examining these attitudes to life after death, and putting them into conversation with more modern interpretations, the book asks four main questions. Firstly, whether resurrection happens immediately after death. Secondly, if there is continuity or discontinuity of space and time between death and a resurrection life. Thirdly, it explores whether post-death existence was thought to be embodied or not, and if so how might it be embodied. Finally, it addresses the issue of continuity, or discontinuity, of personal identity after death. This book sheds light on the formation of a key doctrine of Christian faith. As such, it will be of significant interest to scholars and academics working in the History of Religion, Theology and Patristics.

From Clement to Origen

The Social and Historical Context of the Church Fathers


Author: Revd Dr David Ivan Rankin

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409477037

Category: Religion

Page: 182

View: 8746

From Clement to Origen addresses the engagement of a number of pre-Nicene Church Fathers with the surrounding culture. David Rankin considers the historical and social context of the Fathers, grouped in cities and regions, their writings and theological reflections, and discusses how the particular engagement of each with major aspects of the surrounding culture influences, informs and shapes their thought and the articulation of that thought. The social and historical context of the Church Fathers is explored with respect to the Roman state, the imperial office and imperial cult, Greco-Roman class structures and the patron-client system, issues of wealth production and other commercial activity, the major philosophical thinkers in antiquity, and to rhetorical theory and practice and the higher learning of the day.



Author: Joseph W. Trigg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134815255

Category: History

Page: 312

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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.

Getting to Know the Church Fathers

An Evangelical Introduction


Author: Bryan M. Litfin

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1493404784

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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A Trusted Introduction to the Church Fathers This concise introduction to the church fathers connects evangelical students and readers to twelve key figures from the early church. Bryan Litfin engages readers with actual people, not just abstract doctrines or impersonal events, to help them understand the fathers as spiritual ancestors in the faith. The first edition has been well received and widely used. This updated and revised edition adds chapters on Ephrem of Syria and Patrick of Ireland. The book requires no previous knowledge of the patristic period and includes original, easy-to-read translations that give a brief taste of each writer's thought.

Origen: Texts. Commentary on Psalms 1-25, fragment from preface. Commentary on Lamentations, selected fragments. Commentary on Genesis, fragment from Book 3. Commentary on John, Book 1. Commentary on John, Book 13.3-192. Homily 12 on Jeremiah. Homilies 19 and 20 on Luke. Homily 5 on 1 Samuel. Letter to Gregory. Commentary on John, Book 32.1-140. Commentary on John, Book 32.318-67


Author: Joseph Wilson Trigg

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415118354

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 292

View: 4259

This volume presents a comprehensive and accessible insight into Origen's life and writings. Fresh translations of a selection of writings, including some never previously available in print, present the development of Origen's theological thought.

In the Image of Origen

Eros, Virtue, and Constraint in the Early Christian Academy


Author: David Satran

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520965086

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 7398

The most prominent Christian theologian and exegete of the third century, Origen was also an influential teacher. In the famed Thanksgiving Address, one of his students—traditionally thought to be Gregory Thaumaturgus, later bishop of Cappadocia—delivered an emotionally charged account of his tutelage under Origen in Roman Palestine. Although it is one of the few personal narratives by a Christian author to have survived from the period, the Address is more often cited than read closely. But as David Satran demonstrates, this short work has much to teach us today. At its center stands the question of moral formation, anchored by the image of Origen himself, and Satran’s careful analysis of the text sheds new light on higher education in the early church as well as the intimate relationship between master and disciple.

Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church (Evangelical Ressourcement)

Exploring the Formation of Early Christian Thought


Author: Ronald E. Heine

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781441201539

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 5216

The contemporary church dismisses Christianity's foundational Scriptures at its own peril. However, the teachings of the Old Testament are less and less at the center of congregational preaching and conversation. The early church fathers--visionaries such as Augustine, Origen, and Tertullian--embraced the Hebrew Scriptures, allowing the Old Testament to play a central role in the formation of their beliefs. As today's Christians struggle to relate to concepts such as the Jewish law and the prophets, pastors and laypersons benefit from looking through the lenses of these thoughtful pioneers. This latest volume in the Evangelical Ressourcement series helps the Old Covenant to come alive.

Homilies on Judges


Author: Origen,Elizabeth Ann Dively Lauro

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 0813201195

Category: Religion

Page: 138

View: 1751

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The Song of Songs

Commentary and Homilies


Author: Origen

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809102617

Category: Religion

Page: 385

View: 9866

Origen's Commentary, the first great work of Christian mysticism, is characterized by extraordinary richness of thought and depth of mystical conception. The Homilies seem to have been written only a few years after the Commentary-probably before 244.

Church Fathers

From Clement of Rome to Augustine


Author: Pope Benedict XVI

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1681494728

Category: Religion

Page: 195

View: 2739

Following his best selling book, Jesus of Nazareth, and his talks published in Jesus, the Apostles, and the Early Church, Pope Benedict’sChurch Fathers presents these important figures of early Christianity in all their evangelical vitality, spiritual profundity, and uncompromising love of God. Benedict tells the true story of Christianity’s against-all-odds triumph in the face of fierce Roman hostility and persecution. He does this by exploring the lives and the ideas of the early Christian writers, pastors, and martyrs, men so important to the spread of Christianity that history remembers them as “the Fathers of the Church”. This rich and engrossing survey of the early Church includes those churchmen who immediately succeeded the Apostles, the “Apostolic Fathers”: Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyon. Benedict also discusses such great Christian figures as Tertullian, Origen, Cyprian of Carthage, the Cappadocian Fathers, as well as the giants John Chrysostom, Jerome, and Augustine. This book is a wonderful way to get to know the Church Fathers and the tremendous spiritually rich patrimony they have bequeathed to us.

The Astronomical Calculations and Ramadan: a Fiqhi Discourse


Author: Zulfiqar Ali Shah

Publisher: IIIT

ISBN: 1565643348

Category: Islamic calendar

Page: 174

View: 4455

This book shatters the myth that naked-eye sighting of the new moon and completing thirty days in the case of weather-related or other obscurities are the only two valid methods of determining the month of Ramadan. The author explains that certainty, not actual sighting, is the real objective of the Shariah and that the Qur'an does not mandate physical sighting. A careful analysis shows that those hadiths that seemingly require sighting actually require certainty. The assertion that all Muslim scholars prohibit the use of astronomical calculations, both in affirming or negating the month of Ramadan, is not correct. As calculation is now more accurate than naked-eye sighting, due to certain astronomical and scientific advancements, the use of calculation is the closest to the real objective of the Shari'ah and to the spirit of the hadiths.

Philo and the Church Fathers

A Collection of Papers


Author: David T. Runia

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004103559

Category: Philosophy

Page: 275

View: 2474

A collection of papers designed as a companion volume to the author's monograph "Philo in Early Christian Literature: A Survey" (1993). The papers deal with various aspects of how Philo's writings and thought were received at the hands of the Church Fathers.

Delivering the Word

Preaching and Exegesis in the Western Christian Tradition


Author: William John Lyons,Isabella Sandwell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131754398X

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 1116

Biblical texts have been used consistently in sermons throughout Christian history. Preachers have transformed the texts into an aural experience, using them to evangelize, educate, edify, exhort, or even terrify, their audiences. Sermons have enabled Scripture to be communicated to people from a wide range of social backgrounds. 'Delivering the Word' examines the power of preaching and its reception across two millennia of homilies: from St Paul, Origen, Chrysostom, Augustine and Hildegard of Bingen to Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Chris Brain. In its exploration of the impact of the sermon on the interpretation of Scripture, 'Delivering the Word' will be of interest to students of biblical and religious studies.

Contra Celsum


Author: Origenes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783451309519

Category: Apologetics

Page: 347

View: 8249

The History of the Church from Christ to Constantine


Author: Eusebius

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141904305

Category: Religion

Page: 480

View: 4758

Eusebius's account is the only surviving historical record of the Church during its crucial first 300 years. Bishop Eusebius, a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine, broke new ground in writing the History and provided a model for all later ecclesiastical historians. In tracing the history of the Church from the time of Christ to the Great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century, and ending with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, his aim was to show the purity and continuity of the doctrinal tradition of Christianity and its struggle against persecutors and heretics.


Homilies 1-14 on Ezekiel


Author: Origen,Thomas P. Scheck

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809105675

Category: Religion

Page: 213

View: 6513

This is the first English translation of Origen's 14 Homilies on Ezekiel, made from the Latin translation of St. Jerome.

Reading the Early Church Fathers

From the Didache to Nicaea


Author: James Leonard Papandrea

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809147513

Category: Religion

Page: 343

View: 4047

Reading the Early Church Fathers introduces the reader to the primary sources of Church history, with commentary that will help the reader make sense of the theological/Christological trajectory that led the Church from the New Testament era, through the apologists, to the development of the major doctrines of the Church. Papandrea's treatment of the early Church fathers is unique in that he situates his discussion against the social and cultural context of the Roman Empire and its relationship to the Church, especially with regard to the effect of the persecutions on the Church. Instead of providing actual excerpts of the works under discussion;' Reading the Early Church Fathers directs the reader to the primary sources available on the Internet, resources that will be updated regularly. The result, for all students of the early Church, is a unique and unprecedented "big picture" of early Christian literature. Book jacket.