The Philocalia of Origen: A Crude or Creative Composition?

in Vigiliae Christianae
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Abstract

This article seeks to demonstrate the underlying theological and structural sophistication of the fourth-century Philocalia of Origen, despite its apparent lack of thematic and editorial coherence. In the past, chapter fifteen has been singled out as a particular example of disorder, as it consists of two seemingly unrelated topics: the language of scripture and the flesh of Christ. In response, this article carefully examines chapter fifteen, arguing that the editors of the Philocalia intentionally and carefully placed these topics beside one another in order to reveal that they are both manifestations of one and the same subject: the Word of God.

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