The present volume contains a selection of scriptural problems and their solutions from various treatises of Origen. It is generally thought that the book, and also the division and titles of its chapters, were the work of the Church fathers Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, and mailed by Gregory to Theodore, Bishop of Tyana.
As most of Origen's works have been lost, The Philocalia of Origen is an important text for the history of biblical interpretation. This English translation by George Lewis includes the translation of the Greek Preface and a detailed index.
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Explanatory Note in the Greek
Preface to the Greek Edition
I. Of the Inspiration of the Divine Scripture
II. That the Divine Scripture is Closed Up and Sealed
III. Why the Inspired Books are Twenty-two in Number
IV. Of the Solecisms and Poor Style of Scripture
V. What is "much speaking," and what are the "many books "? The whole Inspired Scripture is One Book
VI. The whole Divine Scripture is One Instrument of God, Perfect and Fitted for its Work
VII. Of the Special "Character" of the Persons of Divine Scripture
VIII. That We Need Not Attempt to Correct the Solecisms of Scripture, etc.
IX. Scripture Uses the Same Terms in Different Significations
X. Stumbling-blocks in Holy Scripture
XI. On Heretical Interpretation of Holy Scripture
XII. We Ought Not to Despair in Reading the Scriptures if We Find Difficulties in Them
XIII. Philosophy in Relation to Holy Scripture .
XIV. The Use of Logic in the Study of Scripture
XV. A Reply to the Objection that the Truths of Christianity Have Been Better Expressed by the Greeks. Our Lord's Body, etc.
XVI. On the Divisions among Christians
XVII. May We Give Heathen Titles to the Supreme God?
XVIII. The "Simplicity" of Christian Faith, etc.
XIX. Faith in Christ Commendable and Accordant with the Original Moral Notions of Mankind. How Jesus Being God Could Have a Mortal Body
XX. Man and the Irrational Creatures
XXI. Free Will
XXII. The Dispersion of Mankind, and the Confusion of Tongues
XXIII. Fate, Astrology, etc.
XXIV. Matter is Not Uncreated, or the Cause of Evil
XXV. God's Foreknowledge, Predestination, etc.
XXVI. Scripture Blessings. What Things Are Really "Good" and "Evil"
XXVII. The Hardening of Pharaoh s Heart
Praise for the Print Edition
This volume forms an excellent introduction to the study of Origen.
The English translation of the Philocalia of Origen by Rev. George Lewis will be widely welcomed by all students of early Christian literature.
—The Hartford Seminary Record
Title: The Philocalia of Origen
Translator: George Lewis
Publisher: T and T Clark
Publication Date: 1911
About the Author
George Lewis graduated from the University of London in 1869 and from Balliol College, Oxford in 1884. He was ordained in 1872 and became vicar of Dodderhill in 1888. He is the author of numerous works, including A Life of Joseph Hall and An Oxford Parish Priest. He is also the noted translator of St. Basil's De Spiritu Sancto and St. Jerome's Dogmatic Treatises.