Routledge – 1998 – 312 pages
Series: The Early Church Fathers
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.
'The extracts form his works are well chosen and clearly translated … Author an publisher are to be congratulated on this volume, one of the first five in what promises to be a useful series' - Graham Gould, Theology
'… we are in Trigg's debt for his labours.' - Thomas O.Loughlin, Milltown Studies
'… it should whet the appetite of those who read it and encourage them to deepen their acquaintance with its subject …' - Mary Sheather, Journal of Religious HIstory
Joseph W. Trigg is Rector of Christ Church (Episcopal), Port Tobacco Parish, La Plata, Maryland. His books include Origen: the Bible and Philosophy in the Third-century Church (Atlanta 1983) and Biblical Interpretation in the series Message of the Fathers of the Church (Delaware 1988).