Origen: On First Principles
Origen: On First Principles  -     By: John Behr
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One of the most important and contentious works of the early church. As the first full systematic theology, it is a window into how a great thinker grappled with such fundamental doctrines as creation, the mystery of salvation, Christ's deity, and the afterlife. Behr's overall introduction to these complicated issues is invaluable. 448 pages, softcover. Oxford University.

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Title: Origen: On First Principles
By: John Behr
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2019
Weight: 2 pounds
ISBN: 0198845316
ISBN-13: 9780198845317
Series: Oxford Early Christian Texts
Stock No: WW845317

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On First Principles by Origen of Alexandria, written around 220-230 AD, is one of the most important and contentious works of early Christianity. It provoked controversy when written, provoked further debate when translated into Latin by Rufinus in the fourth century, and was the subject, together with its author, of condemnation in the sixth century. As a result, the work no longer survives intact in the original Greek. We only have the complete work in the Latin translation of Rufinus, and a few extensive passages preserved in Greek by being excerpted into the Philokalia of Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nazianzus.

John Behr offers a translation of one of the most important texts from early Christianity. He includes an invaluable introduction, which provides a clear structure of the work with significant implications for how the text is to be read and for understanding the character of theology in the early Christian tradition.

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John Behr, Dean and Professor of Patristics, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York, and Metropolitan Kallistos Chair in Orthodox Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

John Behr is the Dean of St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and Professor of Patristics and Metropolitan Kallistos Chair in Orthodox Theology at Vrije Universiteit. His previous publications include John the Theologian and his Paschal Gospel: A Prologue to Theology (2019), Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement (2000), The Case Against Diodore and Theodore: Texts and Their Contexts (2011), and Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity (2013). He is also the co-editor of The Role of Life in Death: A Multidisciplinary Examination of Issues pertaining to Life and Death (Wipf and Stock, 2015; with C. Cunningham).

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