Paperback / softback
June 30, 2020
9780813227733
English
138
8.25 Inches (US)
5.25 Inches (US)
.45 Pounds (US)
$45.00 USD
v2.1 Reference

Homilies on Judges

In his General Audience of May 2, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI praised Origen for his "primordial role" in the history of lectio divina, the prayerful reading of Scripture. He explained that Origen approaches Scripture reading not as "mere study" but as the pathway to knowing Christ and "falling in love with him." Origen's nine extant homilies on Judges exemplify this approach.

In them, Origen calls his audience to participate in a loving relationship with Christ through interaction with Scripture. Delivered sometime between 238 and 248, these homilies expound on themes extracted from Judges 2-7. Some of the homilies focus generally on God's redemption of Israel through judges after each cycle of sin, enslavement, and repentance, while others stress that victory belongs to God alone through events such as the defeat of the Midianites by Gideon's meager army of 300 men, Gideon's test with the fleece, and the murder of the Philistine general Sisera by the woman Jael. The homilies brim with hope in Christ's ultimate victory over sin and death, a hope that is specific to the individual believer but accessible only within the Church.

Origen applies his allegorical method of Scriptural interpretation to these passages, sometimes drawing faith-enriching meaning from the literal (somatic) sense as well as from one or both of the two figurative (psychic and pneumatic) senses. Using both allegory and typology, Origen shows his audience God's abundant mercy and grace, the power of Scripture to assist in the battle against sin and the promotion of virtue, and the church leader's duty to walk his flock through the transforming terrain of Scripture toward likeness to and union with Christ.

Largely because of early controversies over Origen's legacy, these homilies are extant only in Rufinus's fourth-century Latin translation, but his ability to capture Origen's meaning and spirit is well documented. This is the first-ever English translation of Origen's homilies on Judges.

About the Authors

Elizabeth Ann Dively Lauro studied the history of Christianity at the University of Virginia and Yale Divinity School before receiving her doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. She has taught numerous courses at Loyola Marymount University, and presently serves on the Theological Commission for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles while raising her family in Southern California. She is the author of The Soul and Spirit of Scripture within Origen's Exegesis as well as a variety of articles on Origen's theology and exegesis.

9780813227733 : homilies-on-judges-origen-lauro
Paperback / softback
138 Pages
$45.00 USD

Other Titles by Origen

Homilies on Isaiah

Origen, translated by Elizabeth Ann Dively Lauro
Jul 2021 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Hardback

Homilies on the Psalms

Origen, translated by Joseph W. Trigg
Jan 2021 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Hardback

Homilies on Jeremiah and I Kings 28

Origen, translated by John Clark Smith
Apr 2016 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Fathers of the Church Patristic Series

Songs for the Fast and Pascha

St Ephrem The Syrian
Jan 2023 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Hardback

Writings on the Apocalypse

Francis Gumerlock
Aug 2022 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Hardback

Commentary on the Psalms, 1-72

translated by ROBERT HILL
Mar 2022 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in RELIGION / Christian Living / Leadership & Mentoring

Against the Inveterate Obduracy of the Jews

translated by Irven M. Resnick
Oct 2021 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Questions on Aristotle's Categories, 0

John Duns Scotus
May 2018 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Writings Against the Saracens

Peter the Venerable, translated by Irven M Resnick
May 2016 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in The Early Church

Against the Inveterate Obduracy of the Jews

translated by Irven M. Resnick
Oct 2021 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Dialogue against the Jews

Peter Alfonsi, translated by Irven M. Resnick
Jan 2014 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Letters, 1-30

Peter Damian, translated by Owen J. Blum
Jan 2014 - The Catholic University of America Press
$45.00 USD - Paperback / softback