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The Holy Spirit in Origen's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans


This book, on the pneumatology of Origen's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, illustrates the centrality of the Holy Spirit for his theological project. As both God's exitus into the world and humanity's reditus to God, the Spirit forms the crucial link between Origen's doctrine of God and his spiritual anthropology. Origen's images for the Holy Spirit, understood in the context of second century concepts of 'spirit,' convey the intersection of theology and anthropology in his thought. This book explores Origen's understanding of the multiplicity of spirits found in the Scriptures, with particular emphasis on the Holy Spirit as pivotal to God's outreach into the world.
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0268-2
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Publication Date: Jun 17,2014
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 245
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0268-2
$39.36

Origen's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans illustrates the centrality of the Holy Spirit for his theological project. As both God's exitus into the world and humanity's reditus to God, the Spirit forms the crucial link between Origen's doctrine of God and his spiritual anthropology.

Origen's images for the Holy Spirit, understood in the context of second century concepts of "spirit," convey the intersection of theology and anthropology in his thought. His picture of the Holy Spirit as the Teacher of the saints, in particular, draws from Origen's own pedagogical experience a way of expressing both the Spirit's patient love for humanity and the active human involvement in the Spirit's work in the world.

This book explores Origen's understanding of the multiplicity of spirits found in the Scriptures, with particular emphasis on the Holy Spirit, the loftiest of all spirit-beings, who emerges as the unique pedagogical center of Origen's Spirit-School. As such, the Spirit is pivotal to God's outreach into the world, necessarily involved in the human soul of Jesus Christ and in that of every human being healed by Jesus. Interpreted through the scriptural language of Cherub, Ring, and Teacher, the Holy Spirit is the sign both of God's love and of human love, and the mutual edification of the Christian community. Origen's pneumatology serves as an inspiration for theologians today who seek to integrate the Spirit fully into their work, rather than just paying lip-service to the Spirit's Person and action.

Maureen Beyer Moser has an A.B. in Latin Classics and Religious Studies from Yale University, an M.A. in Theology from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Duquesne University. She works as an independent research scholar in New York City, where she lives with her husband and children.

Origen's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans illustrates the centrality of the Holy Spirit for his theological project. As both God's exitus into the world and humanity's reditus to God, the Spirit forms the crucial link between Origen's doctrine of God and his spiritual anthropology.

Origen's images for the Holy Spirit, understood in the context of second century concepts of "spirit," convey the intersection of theology and anthropology in his thought. His picture of the Holy Spirit as the Teacher of the saints, in particular, draws from Origen's own pedagogical experience a way of expressing both the Spirit's patient love for humanity and the active human involvement in the Spirit's work in the world.

This book explores Origen's understanding of the multiplicity of spirits found in the Scriptures, with particular emphasis on the Holy Spirit, the loftiest of all spirit-beings, who emerges as the unique pedagogical center of Origen's Spirit-School. As such, the Spirit is pivotal to God's outreach into the world, necessarily involved in the human soul of Jesus Christ and in that of every human being healed by Jesus. Interpreted through the scriptural language of Cherub, Ring, and Teacher, the Holy Spirit is the sign both of God's love and of human love, and the mutual edification of the Christian community. Origen's pneumatology serves as an inspiration for theologians today who seek to integrate the Spirit fully into their work, rather than just paying lip-service to the Spirit's Person and action.

Maureen Beyer Moser has an A.B. in Latin Classics and Religious Studies from Yale University, an M.A. in Theology from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Duquesne University. She works as an independent research scholar in New York City, where she lives with her husband and children.

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  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (page 5)
  • CONTENTS (page 7)
  • ABBREVIATIONS (page 9)
  • CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION (page 15)
    • 1.1 THE TEXT OF THE COMMENTARY (page 20)
    • 1.2. ORIGENS HERMENEUTICS AND CONTEXT (page 27)
    • 1.3. THE SCOPE OF THE COMMENTARY (page 34)
    • 1.4. CONTRIBUTION (page 36)
    • 1.5. METHOD AND CONTENT (page 39)
  • CHAPTER II: THE SPIRITS OF THE COMMENTARY ON ROMANS (page 43)
    • 2.1. BACKGROUND FOR ORIGENS UNDERSTANDING OFSPIRITŽ (page 44)
    • 2.2. READING SPIRITŽ IN ORIGENS COMMENTARY (page 55)
      • 2.2.1. Homonymity (page 55)
      • 2.2.2. Types of Spirit-Language (page 60)
    • EXCURSUS: EDUCATION AND THE SCHOOL OF THE SPIRIT (page 66)
    • 2.3. DIVERSE SPIRITUAL BEINGS (page 63)
      • 2.3.1. The Human Spirit (page 69)
      • 2.3.2. Ministering Spirits (page 83)
      • 2.3.3. The Spiritual Battle: Spiritual Hosts of Wickedness in the Heavens (page 90)
    • 2.4. CONCLUSION (page 97)
  • CHAPTER III: THE HOLY SPIRIT AND GODS EXITUS INTO THE WORLD (page 99)
    • 3.1. THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ORIGENS CORPUS (page 103)
    • EXCURSUS: TRINITAS IN RUFINUS TRANSLATION (page 107)
    • 3.2. IMAGES FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT (page 113)
      • 3.2.1. Holy Spirit and Logos as Cherubim (page 115)
      • 3.2.2. Holy Spirit as Wedding Ring (page 124)
      • 3.2.3. Holy Spirit as Teacher (page 132)
    • 3.3. THE HOLY SPIRIT IN RELATION TO THE FATHER AND THE SON (page 143)
  • CHAPTER IV: THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE HUMAN REDITUS TO GOD (page 149)
    • 4.1. THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT (page 151)
      • 4.1.1. Spiritual Gifts as Participations in the Spirit (page 152)
      • 4.1.2. Ethics and the Gifts of the Spirit (page 158)
    • 4.2. IMITATIO SPIRITUS (page 160)
      • 4.2.1. Teaching: The Spirits Presence in the World (page 161)
      • 4.2.2. Progression in Teaching and in Holiness (page 164)
      • 4.2.3. The Kenotic Teaching of the Scriptural Authors (page 166)
      • 4.2.4. The Character of Christian Teaching (page 172)
      • 4.2.5. The Fruits of Christian Teaching (page 176)
      • 4.2.6. The Unitive Character of Christian Teaching (page 180)
    • 4.3. CONCLUSION (page 182)
  • CHAPTER V: AN EVALUATION OF ORIGENS PNEUMATOLOGY (page 184)
    • 5.1. ORIGENS PNEUMATOLOGY: SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENT (page 185)
      • 5.1.1. The Spirits Role in Origens Theology (page 185)
        • a. The Spirit and Creation (page 193)
        • b. The Spirit and the Worthy (page 196)
    • 5.2. ORIGENS PNEUMATOLOGY AND CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY (page 198)
      • 5.2.1. SpiritŽ: From Private Feelings to Interconnected Community (page 199)
      • 5.2.2. Teaching: Sacrament of the Spirits Presence (page 203)
    • 5.3. CONCLUSION: THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (page 211)
      • Texts and Translations of Origens Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans (page 219)
      • Other Ancient Texts (page 220)
      • General Works (page 223)
    • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 219)
    • INDEX (page 241)
    • INDEX OF SCRIPTURAL PASSAGES (page 245)
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