Apology for Origen: with On the Falsification of the Books by Pamphilus, Thomas Scheck

By Pamphilus, Thomas Scheck

Presented right here for the 1st time in English translation (from Rufinus's Latin model) is the Apology for Origen, the only real surviving paintings of St. Pamphilus of Caesarea (d. 310 AD), who used to be the most celebrated priest-martyrs of the traditional Church. Written from criminal with the collaboration of Eusebius (later to develop into the bishop of Caesarea), the Apology makes an attempt to refute accusations made opposed to Origen, protecting his perspectives with passages quoted from his personal works. Pamphilus goals to teach Origen's constancy to the apostolic proclamation, bringing up excerpts that show Origen's orthodoxy and his vehement repudiation of heresy. He then takes up a chain of particular accusations raised opposed to Origen's doctrine, quoting passages from Origen's writings that confute fees raised opposed to his Christology. a few excerpts display that Origen didn't deny the background of the biblical narratives; others make clear Origen's doctrine of souls and elements of his eschatology. Pamphilus was once beheaded on February sixteen, 310, less than the emperor Maximinus Daia.

In 397 advert, on the pressing invitation of his buddy Macarius, Rufinus of Aquileia translated Pamphilus's Apology into Latin, the 1st of his large translations of Origen's writings. Rufinus most likely didn't suspect the incomparable value of his project, yet by means of translating Origen he stored from imminent destroy one of the most priceless monuments of Christian antiquity, destined to shape Latin minds for a few years to come.

Also provided during this quantity is a brand new English translation of Rufinus's paintings, On the Falsification of the Books of Origen within which Rufinus units forth arguments for his conception that Origen's writings had suffered interpolations by means of heretics. Rufinus demonstrates that literary frauds and forgeries performed through heretics have been frequent and affected many writers. He could have been misled through his extreme admire for Origen's genius, and he definitely exaggerated whilst he claimed that each one the doctrinal error to be met with in Origen's works have been as a result of interpolations.


Thomas P. Scheck is assistant professor of classics and theology at Ave Maria collage. he's the translator of a number of works of the Church Fathers: Origen's Commentary at the Epistle to the Romans, Homilies on Numbers, and Homilies on Ezekiel, St. Jerome's Commentary on Matthew, and Commentaries on Galatians, Titus, and Philemon. His examine pursuits comprise the reception of the Church Fathers within the West and the theology of Erasmus of Rotterdam.

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9. 440). 10. Rufinus is referring to his work De adulteratione librorum Origenis, “On the Falsification of the Books of Origen,” which he appends as an epilogue to his translation of Pamphilus’s Apology. See pp. 123–37, below. 11. Cf. 20. 12. Probably directed against St. Jerome, who accused not only Rufinus but also his own bishop, John of Jerusalem, of heresy respecting the resurrection of the body. See Jerome’s Ep. 430–32. 13. Cf. 44. 14 For it is a foolish fabrication of slander to suppose that the human body is different from the flesh.

The second digest is given in c. ” In this notice Photius adds a summary of Origen’s life. It is here that the report is given that Pamphilus’s Apology was written to those who were condemned to the mines for the sake of Christ. These two notices in Photius have generated a great deal of discussion in modern scholarship. 93 The only difference, according to Nautin, is that c. 118 contained the sixth and last book written by Eusebius alone, whereas c. 117 only gave the five books composed by Pamphilus.

117 is a later work. Junod’s evidence is that this work refutes charges that presuppose theological concerns from the time of Jerome (d. 419) and Theophilus of Alexandria (d. 412). Junod dates this work to the end of the fourth or beginning of the fifth century. In the Latin tradition, Rufinus’s translation had a very significant legacy in the Western Church. 96 It seems ironic that in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries Pamphilus’s Apology was a thoroughly familiar work to all theologians who were interested in Origen’s legacy, and yet modern scholarship continues to neglect Pamphilus’s discussions of Origen’s orthodoxy.

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