Homilies on the Psalms
Codex Monacensis Graecus 314
In these homilies, the final expression of his mature thought, Origen displays, more fully than elsewhere, his understanding of the church and of deification as the goal of Christian life. They also give precious insights into his understanding of the incarnation and of human nature. They are the earliest example of early Christian interpretation of the Psalms, works at the heart of Christian spirituality. Historians of biblical interpretation will find in them the largest body of Old Testament interpretation surviving in his own words, not filtered through ancient translations into Latin that often failed to convey his intense philological acumen. Among other things, they give us new insights into the life of a third-century Greco-Roman metropolis, into Christian/Jewish relations, and into Christian worship.
This translation, using the GCS as its basis, seeks to convey, as faithfully as possible, Origen's own categories of thought. An introduction and notes relate the homilies to the theology and principles of interpretation in Origen's larger work and to that work's intellectual context and legacy.
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"These homilies allow the reader to observe at close range and in fine detail, in the springtime of the Church's history, how one of the great teachers of the early centuries went about the task of expounding the Scriptures before a Christian congregation. It is a book to be read slowly and reverently, with an eye for the unexpected."—First Things
"The new homilies represent an important new source permitting a richer, more precise understanding of the status of Psalms in early Christian literature and piety... [and] add many valuable precisions to our knowledge of Origen's standing at the confluence of diverse social, ethnic, cultural, intellectual, and religious worlds."—Tablet
"The introduction will be accessible to a wide audience: it tells of the circumstances of the discovery; the arguments in favor of attributing these homilies to Origen; situates them at the heart of his activities as the preacher and the grammarian that was Origen; shows how he employs the principles of interpretation that are his, and above all, explains what these "new" homilies tell us about his theological thought, his milieu, and the Biblical texts to which he had access."—Revue d'Histoire Ecclesiastique
"Trigg cross-references some other homilies in this monograph, indicating he possesses a mastery of the whole, and the work ethic to draw out their relationship. Unlike some other modern translations of Origen, this collection with its translator's footnotes are a good introduction and starting point to study Origen and his work, as well as being of inestimable value to advanced scholars."—The Global Anglican
"As translator Joseph Trigg brings out in his ample and attentive introduction, Homilies on the Psalms constitutes Origen's last-known work and brings the total number of homilies we possess from 21 to 50. It is also the earliest work of Christian preaching, and so, for all these reasons, a truly rare and exciting discovery."—Cistercian Studies Quarterly
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