New text of Origen’s come to light
Origen’s Commentary on Matthew is perhaps his latest work, and reference to this was never made by his detractors. Instead, like modern scholars, they always pointed the finger at a garbled, untrustworthy, and heavily interpolated edition of his
De Principiis, in order to cheerfully show how much of a ‘heretic’ Origen was. While Erich Klostermann, in 1941, compiled a series of fragments after having consulted twenty-four codices, he missed
Sabaiticus 232. Which, though it is the most important of all, because it contains not only ‘passages’ ,but also unique flowing text from that commentary, (as the author demonstrates) is pretty later than the
Contra Celsum. Professor Panayiotis Tzamalikos demonstrates that unless the correlations of Origen’s work to both Greek philosophy and subsequent Patristic literature are perused, it is impossible to recognise the real Origen. Considering the widespread and multi-faced miscomprehension (ancient and modern alike) of Origen’s thought, Professor Tzamalikos, by means of his commentary on this Greek text, demonstrates that this is a terra still calling for informed and unbiased exploration.
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There has long been a need for an objective study such as this dealing with the legal rights and obligations of women under the Sharia and under modern Arab Islamic legislation. See within the broad principles of Islamic law, the book examines the status of women with regard to marriage, the iddat, parentage and fosterage and custpdy, and fills an important gap left by recent and more general publications on Islamic law.
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