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THEO 6616 Origen of Alexandria: Life and Thought (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

A course examining the life and times of the great third century Christian intellectual, Origen of Alexandria. While reading his major works, special emphasis will be placed on the particular historical factors that contributed to the beginnings of Christian systematic thought. Since Origen's writings have been controversial for so many centuries and have been frequently misinterpreted, the seminar will focus on developing skills to understand his peculiar style of theological inquiry and the various literary genres it adopts. Topics addressed include Christian asceticism, scriptural exegesis, martyrdom, philosophy, as well as pertinent doctrinal issues including Origen's Trinitarian and Christological thought.


Instructor(s): Paul Kolbet

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13