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Headword: Ὠριγένης
Adler number: omega,182
Translated headword: Origen
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[Origen],[1] also [called] Adamantius,[2] was a most illustrious man and consummately trained[3] in all fields of knowledge. He became a disciple of the philosopher Ammonius, surnamed Saccas,[4] who possessed the loftiest competence in philosophy. Consequently, his knowledge of philosophic thought was bolstered greatly by his teacher,[5] for Origen was constantly immersed in Plato, and in the works of Numenius[6] and Cronius,[7] Apollophanes,[8] Longinus,[9] Moderatus, [10] and Nicomachus.[11] He also devoted himself to the writings of the luminaries among the Pythagoreans. So too, he read the books of Chaeremon[12] and the Stoic thinker Cornutus,[13] from whom he learned allegorical technique[14] integral to interpreting the Greek mysteries. He had an altogether remarkable knowledge of philosophical doctrines, not only secular[15] but sacred: especially ours; that is, Christian doctrine.
What indeed can be said about the blessed nature of that near-immortal?[16] For this man had such command of dialectics, geometry, mathematics, grammar, and rhetoric, as well as the doctrines of all philosophical systems that he attracted thoroughly devoted disciples, explaining to them -- system by system -- the many intricacies and interrelationships pertaining to each.[17] Even Porphyry,[18] the raving anti-Christian, mentions Origen and his genius: "But this kind of absurdity is attributable to a man whom I, in fact, met when I was still quite young. He was very famous and is still so because of the works he left behind. I refer[19] to Origen, whose renown is trumpeted loudly among teachers in these disciplines. And this testimony about the man is the same from foreigners and, notably, from detractors." These things were said by Porphyry in the third book of his writings against the Christians.[20] Although truthful about the man's training, a blatant lie about the rest (for what wouldn't an anti-Christian maniac[21] be capable of?) where he says that Origen defected from the Greeks and Ammonius veered from a God-fearing life to that of a heathen. But enough of such talk; rather, on to illuminating Origen's superb command of Greek learning.[22] As to this acumen, he writes the following in a certain letter defending himself against those who faulted him for his zeal in these matters: "As I was devoted to the word of God, and because the fame of our expertise was spreading widely, sometimes heretics and sometimes those skilled in Greek thought, especially philosophy, would come to me. It seemed appropriate to examine the doctrines of the heretics and the claims made by these philosophers to speak the truth."[23] Just so did he write in defense of his training.
During this period, even Mamaea,[24] the mother of the Roman emperor Alexander, met and conversed with Origen in Antioch, and was instructed by him in the Word. The start of his Commentaries on divine Scripture dates to that time, after Ambrose[25] in particular urged him to undertake this enterprise not only through endless prodding and appeals to the man but with the provision of unlimited resources. Thus, more than seven stenographers were on call to take his dictation, shift-changing with one another at designated intervals; and no fewer were the number of copyists, along with young women skilled in penning a final text. Ambrose supplied abundant resources to meet all their needs. Far beyond that, he imbued Origen with exceeding enthusiasm through his own study of God's pronouncements,[26] and a zeal which gave Origen special inspiration in preparing his Commentaries. Moreover, Origen directed such diligence toward divine Scripture that he made a thorough study of Hebrew -- contrary to the proclivity of his times.[27]
So too, along side the translations rendered by the Seventy,[28] he arrayed other versions to fashion a single work. I am referring to the versions of Aquila of Pontus and Theodotion and Symmachus,[29] a member of the Ebionites[30] (a sect whose heresy is in believing Christ a mere man). These Ebionites prepared a recension of the Gospel of Matthew,[31] through which they rabidly assert their ideology. In like manner, he arrayed the fifth, sixth, and seventh versions.[32] From the history of Eusebius Pamphili concerning Origen.
Origen subjected the divine words to such meticulous scrutiny that he personally gathered only original manuscripts in the actual Hebrew; tracked down versions by other translators besides the Seventy; and apart from the war-horse translations of Aquila and Symmachus and Theodotion, discovered certain others -- from what nooks I do not know -- but which, although having disappeared long ago, he managed to track down and uncover. Moreover, in the Hexapla[33] text of Psalms, he inserted, after these four well-known versions, not only a fifth but also a sixth and a seventh translation. Regarding one of which he remarks that it was found at Jericho in a large storage jar.[34] Gathering them into a single work, he subsected them into clauses, comparing and contrasting one with another, and with the Hebrew text itself. He has left us copies of the Hexapla (as it is called), and prepared separately a version that contains Aquila and Symmachus and Theodotion together with the Seventy in the Tetrapla.[35]
Having commented on every aspect of canonical Scripture, he left behind such a vast and pervasive body of work that from it would be derived thereafter the foundation for all teachings of the Church. So much so that the theologian Gregory,[36] pronounced: "Origen is the whetstone of us all." He provided a great service not only to our Church but to those outside it, heretics as well as philosophers, taught by him virtually the entire panoply of learning -- secular philosophy in addition to things sacred. For he would introduce to the study of philosophy all whom he saw to be adept, imbuing them with geometry and arithmetic, and the other basic subjects. Then he would usher them on to philosophical systems, presenting these doctrines in detail, each element so adroitly that by this time he was heralded as an eminent philosopher, even among the Greeks themselves.
Witness to his prowess in these endeavors are the Greek philosophers themselves who flourished in his day, in whose treatises we find frequent mention of the man -- sometimes dedicating the work to him, sometimes submitting their own work to his judgment, as to a master.
While Origen was in the course of his usual tasks at Caesarea, not only did many locals call upon him for instruction, but streams of foreigners left their homelands seeking his guidance. Especially renown among them we note Theodorus, who was the very man famous in our day as the bishop Gregory Thaumaturgus,[37] and his brother Athenodorus. Although they were passionately devoted to Greek and Roman scholarship, Origen stirred in them a love of divine philosophy and persuaded them to give up their former devotion in favor of rigorous theological study.[38] After studying five full years, they made such great progress in divine matters that, although still young, both were considered deserving of the episcopate over the Pontic[39] churches.
During this period, the Commentaries on Isaiah and likewise those on Ezekiel were being composed by Origen. As to these works, there are thirty volumes on the third part of Isaiah up to the vision of the beasts in the wilderness,[40] and twenty-five on Ezekiel, which were the only ones he wrote on the entire work of this prophet. He was sixty years old[41] when he completed these labors -- concerning which the blessed martyr Pamphilus devoted his life in witness.[42] His Commentaries on the Gospel of John indicate that he composed the first five parts while still in Alexandria; however, only twenty-two volumes of this treatise, which encompassed the entire Gospel, have survived. He also composed twelve commentaries on Genesis, commentaries on the first twenty-five Psalms, and on Lamentations as well. Moreover, there are those works entitled On the Resurrection[43] and First Principles.[44] He also wrote compilations called the Stromateis,[45] ten in number, which he composed during the reign of Alexander.
In his discourse on the first Psalm, Origen presented a catalogue of the holy books that comprise the Old Testament, commenting in effect: "It must be clearly understood that there are twenty-two canonical books, as the Jews attest, matching the number of letters in their alphabet."[46] So he adds, saying: "These are the twenty-two books according to the Jews: Genesis or βαρησιθ ,[47] which means 'In the beginning', and the subsequent sequence."
Origen remained a clarion voice up to the period of Gallus and Volusianus;[48] that is, until be was sixty-nine years of age.[49] He enjoyed final sleep in Tyre, where he was also interred. His father Leonides had been perfected by martydom through Christ.[50]
Greek Original:
Ὠριγένης, ὁ καὶ Ἀδαμάντιος, ἀνὴρ ἐλλογιμώτατος καὶ κατὰ πᾶσαν παιδείαν εἰς ἄκρον ἐξησκημένος: ἀκροατὴς γενόμενος Ἀμμωνίου τοῦ φιλοσόφου, τοῦ ἐπίκλην Σακκᾶ, τοῦ πλείστην ἐπίδοσιν ἐπὶ φιλοσοφίᾳ ἐσχηκότος. διά τοι τοῦτο καὶ εἰς τὴν τῶν λόγων ἐμπειρίαν πολλὴν παρὰ τοῦ διδασκάλου τὴν ὠφέλειαν ἐκληρώσατο: συνῆν τε γὰρ ἀεὶ τῷ Πλάτωνι ὁ προειρημένος ἀνήρ, τοῖς τε Νουμηνίου καὶ Κρονίου, Ἀπολλοφάνους τε καὶ Λογγίνου καὶ Μοδεράτου, Νικομάχου τε καὶ τῶν ἐν τοῖς Πυθαγορείοις ἐλλογίμων ἀνδρῶν ὡμίλει συγγράμμασιν. ἐχρῆτο δὲ καὶ Χαιρήμονος τοῦ Στωϊκοῦ Κορνούτου τε βίβλοις: παρ' ὧν τὸν μεταληπτικὸν τῶν παρ' Ἕλλησι μυστηρίων ἔγνω τρόπον. καὶ ἁπαξαπλῶς πολλὴν ἔσχε τὴν ἐπιστήμην τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ δογμάτων, οὐ μόνον τῶν Ἑλληνικῶν, ἀλλὰ καὶ τῶν θείων τε καὶ ἡμετέρων, τουτέστι τῶν Χριστιανῶν. καὶ τί ἄν τις λέγοι περὶ τῆς ἐκείνου μικροῦ δεῖν ἀθανάτου καὶ μακαρίας φύσεως; ὅτι περ διαλεκτικήν, γεωμετρικήν, ἀριθμητικήν, μουσικήν, γραμματικὴν καὶ ῥητορικὴν καὶ πάντων τῶν φιλοσόφων τὰ δόγματα οὕτως ἐξέμαθεν, ὥστε σπουδαστὰς τῶν κοσμικῶν πραγμάτων ἀκροατὰς ἐσχηκέναι καὶ ἐξηγεῖσθαι αὐτοῖς ἑκάστοτε συνδρομάς τε πολλὰς πρὸς αὐτὸν γίνεσθαι. τοῦ δέ γε Ὠριγένους καὶ τῆς μεγαλοφυί̈ας αὐτοῦ καὶ Πορφύριος ὁ κατὰ Χριστιανῶν λυττήσας μνημονεύει καί φησιν: ὁ δὲ τρόπος τῆς ἀτοπίας ἐξ ἀνδρός, ᾧ κἀγὼ κομιδῆ νέος ὢν τετύχηκα σφόδρα εὐδοκιμήσαντος καὶ ἔτι εὐδοκιμοῦντος δι' ὧν καταλέλοιπε συγγραμμάτων, παρειλήφθω Ὠριγένης, οὗ κλέος παρὰ τοῖς διδασκάλοις τούτῳ τῶν λόγων μέγα διαδέδοται. καὶ αὗται μὲν αἱ παρὰ τῶν ἔξωθεν μαρτυρίαι τοῦ ἀνδρός, καὶ μάλιστα τῶν ἐχθρῶν. ταῦτα Πορφυρίῳ κατὰ τὸ τρίτον σύνταγμα τῶν γραφέντων αὐτῷ κατὰ Χριστιανῶν εἴρηται, ἐπαληθεύσαντι μὲν περὶ τῆς τοῦ ἀνδρὸς ἀσκήσεως, ψευσαμένῳ δὲ σαφῶς περὶ τῶν λοιπῶν [τί γὰρ οὐκ ἔμελλεν ὁ κατὰ Χριστιανῶν μανείς;]: ἐν οἷς αὐτὸν μέν φησιν ἐξ Ἑλλήνων μετατίθεσθαι, τὸν δ' Ἀμμώνιον ἐκ βίου τοῦ κατὰ θεοσέβειαν ἐπὶ τὸν ἐθνικὸν ἐκπεσεῖν. ταῦτα μὲν εἰς παράστασιν τῆς Ὠριγένους καὶ περὶ τὰ Ἑλλήνων μαθήματα πολυπειρίας, περὶ ἧς πρός τινας μεμψαμένους αὐτῷ διὰ τὴν περὶ ἐκεῖνα σπουδὴν ἀπολογούμενος ἐν ἐπιστολῇ τινι ταῦτα γράφει: ἐπεὶ δὲ ἀνακειμένῳ μοι τῷ λόγῳ, τῆς φήμης διατρεχούσης περὶ τῆς ἕξεως ἡμῶν, προσῄεσαν ὁτὲ μὲν αἱρετικοί, ὁτὲ δὲ ἀπὸ τῶν Ἑλληνικῶν μαθημάτων, καὶ μάλιστα τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ, ἔδοξεν ἐξετάσαι τά τε τῶν αἱρετικῶν δόγματα, καὶ τὰ ὑπὸ τῶν φιλοσόφων περὶ ἀληθείας λέγειν ἐπαγγελλόμενα. καὶ ταῦτα μὲν τοιαῦτα περὶ τῆς ἀσκήσεως ἀπολογουμένῳ εἴρηται. κατὰ τοῦτον δὴ τὸν χρόνον καὶ ἡ Ἀλεξάν- δρου τῶν Ῥωμαίων βασιλέως μήτηρ Μαμαία εἰς λόγους Ὠριγένει συνῆλθεν ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ καὶ παρ' αὐτοῦ κατηχήθη τὸν λόγον. ἐξ ἐκείνου δὲ τοῦ χρόνου τῶν εἰς τὰς θείας γραφὰς ὑπομνημάτων ἐγένετο ἀρχή, Ἀμβροσίου εἰς τὰ μάλιστα παρορμῶντος αὐτὸν μυρίαις ὅσαις οὐ προτροπαῖς ταῖς διὰ λόγων καὶ παρακλήσεσιν αὐτοῦ μόνον, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἀφθονωτάταις τῶν ἐπιτηδείων χορηγίαις. ταχυγράφοι τε γὰρ αὐτῷ πλείους ἢ ἑπτὰ τὸν ἀριθμὸν παρῆσαν ὑπαγορεύοντι, χρόνοις τεταγμένοις ἀλλήλους ἀμείβοντες, βιβλιογράφοι τε οὐχ ἥττους ἅμα καὶ κόραις ἐπὶ τῷ καλλιγραφεῖν ἠσκημέναις: ὧν ἁπάντων τὴν δέουσαν τῶν ἐπιτηδείων ἄφθονον χορηγίαν ὁ Ἀμβρόσιος παρεστήσατο: ναὶ μὴν καὶ ἐν τῇ περὶ τὰ θεῖα λόγια ἀσκήσει τε καὶ σπουδῇ προθυμίαν ἄφατον αὐτῷ συνεισέφερεν, ᾗ καὶ μάλιστα αὐτὸν προέτρεπεν ἐπὶ τὴν τῶν ὑπομνημάτων σύνταξιν. τοσαύτην δὲ ἔσχε σπουδὴν περὶ τὰς θείας γραφάς, ὥστε καὶ τὴν Ἑβραϊκὴν διάλεκτον, ἐναντιουμένην τῇ τε ἡλικίᾳ καὶ τῇ οἰκείᾳ φύσει, ἐκμαθεῖν, καὶ δίχα τῶν ο# ἑρμηνευτῶν ἄλλας ἐκδόσεις εἰς ἓν συναγαγεῖν, Ἀκύλα λέγω τοῦ Ποντικοῦ καὶ Θεοδοτίωνος καὶ Συμμάχου τῶν Ἐβιωναίων [αἵρεσις δέ ἐστιν αὐτῶν ψιλὸν τὸν Χριστὸν ἄνθρωπον δοξαζόντων]: οἵ τινες τὸ κατὰ Ματθαῖον εὐαγγέλιον ὑπεμνημάτισαν, δι' οὗ καὶ τὸ ἴδιον δόγμα βεβαιῶσαι σπεύδουσιν. ὁμοίως δὲ πέμπτην καὶ ἕκτην καὶ ἑβδόμην ἔκδοσιν. ἐκ τῶν Εὐσεβίου τοῦ Παμφίλου ἱστοριῶν περὶ Ὠριγένους. τοσαύτη δὲ εἰσήγετο τῷ Ὠριγένει τῶν θείων λόγων ἀπηκριβωμένη ἡ ἐξέτασις, ὡς μόνας πρωτοτύπους αὐτοῖς Ἑβραίων στοιχείοις γραφὰς κτῆμα ἴδιον ποιήσασθαι ἀνιχνεῦσαί τε τὰς τῶν ἑτέρων παρὰ τοὺς ο# τὰς ἱερὰς γραφὰς ἑρμηνεύσαντα ἐκδόσεις καί τινας ἑτέρας παρὰ τὰς κατημαξευμένας ἑρμηνείας ἐναλλαττούσας, τὴν Ἀκύλου καὶ Συμμάχου καὶ Θεοδοτίωνος, ἐφευρεῖν, ἃς ἐξ ἀπορρήτων οὐκ οἶδ' ὁπόθεν τυχὸν τῷ πάλαι λανθανούσας χρόνῳ εἰς φῶς ἀνιχνεύσας προήγαγεν. ἔν γε μὴν τοῖς Ἑξαπλοῖς τῶν Ψαλμῶν μετὰ τὰς ἐπισήμους τέσσαρας ἐκδόσεις οὐ μόνον πέμπτην, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἕκτην καὶ ἑβδόμην παραθεὶς ἑρμηνείαν, ἐπὶ μιᾶς αὖθις σεσημείωται, ὡς ἐν Ἱεριχοῖ εὑρημένης ἐν πίθῳ. ταύτας δὲ ἁπάσας εἰς ἓν συναγαγὼν διελθών τε πρὸς κῶλον καὶ ἀντιπαραθεὶς ἀλλήλαις μετὰ καὶ αὐτῆς τῆς Ἑβραίων σημειώσεως, τὰ τῶν λεγομένων Ἑξαπλῶν ἡμῖν ἀντίγραφα καταλέλοιπεν, ἰδίως δὲ τὴν Ἀκύλου καὶ Συμμάχου καὶ Θεοδοτίωνος ἔκδοσιν ἅμα τῇ τῶν ο# ἐν τοῖς Τετραπλοῖς ἐπισκευάσας. καὶ ἁπλῶς πᾶσαν γραφὴν ὑποσημηνάμενος ἐκκλησιαστικὴν πλεῖστα καὶ ἀναρίθμητα καταλέλοιπεν, ὡς ἐξ ἐκείνου πάντας τοὺς μετέπειτα τῆς ἐκκλησίας διδασκάλους τὰς ἀφορμὰς εἰλη- φέναι, ὡς ὁ θεολόγος φάσκει Γρηγόριος: Ὠριγένης ἡ πάντων ἡμῶν ἀκόνη. οὐ μόνον δὲ τῇ καθ' ἡμᾶς ἐκκλησίᾳ, ἀλλὰ καὶ τοῖς τῶν ἔξωθεν πολλὴν παρείχετο τὴν ὠφέλειαν, αἱρετικοῖς τε καὶ φιλοσόφοις, μονονουχὶ πρὸς τοῖς θείοις καὶ τὰ φιλόσοφα παρ' αὐτοῦ παιδευόμενοι. εἰσῆγέ τε γὰρ ὅσους εὐφυῶς ἔχοντας ἑώρα καὶ ἐπὶ τὰ φιλόσοφα μαθήματα, γεωμετρίαν καὶ ἀριθμητικὴν καὶ τἄλλα παιδεύματα παραδιδούς, εἴς τε τὰς αἱρέσεις τὰς παρὰ τοῖς φιλοσόφοις προάγων καὶ τὰ παρὰ τούτοις συγγράμματα διηγούμενος, ὑπομνηματιζόμενός τε καὶ θεωρῶν εἰς ἕκαστα, ὡς ἤδη μέγαν καὶ παρ' αὐτοῖς Ἕλλησι φιλόσοφον τὸν ἄνδρα κηρύττεσθαι. μάρτυρες δὲ τῆς περὶ ταῦτα αὐτοῦ κατορθώσεως αὐτῶν Ἑλλήνων οἱ κατ' αὐτὸν ἠκμακότες φιλόσοφοι, ὧν ἐν συγγράμμασι πολλὴν μνήμην εὕρομεν τοῦ ἀνδρός, τοτὲ μὲν αὐτῷ προσφωνούντων, τοτὲ δὲ οἷα διδασκάλῳ ἐς τὴν αὐτοῦ κρίσιν τοὺς ἰδίους ἀναφερόντων πόνους. τῷ δὲ Ὠριγένει ἐπὶ τῆς Καισαρείας τὰ συνήθη πράττοντι πολλοὶ προσῄεσαν οὐ μόνον τῶν ἐπιχωρίων, ἀλλὰ καὶ τῆς ἀλλοδαπῆς μυρίοι φοιτηταὶ τὰς πατρίδας ἀπολείποντες: ὧν ἐπισήμους μάλιστα ἔγνωμεν Θεόδωρον, ὃς ἦν αὐτὸς οὗτος ὁ καθ' ἡμᾶς ἐπισκόπων διαβόητος Γρηγόριος ὁ Θαυματουργός, ὅ τε τούτου ἀδελφὸς Ἀθηνόδωρος. οἷς ἀμφὶ τὰ Ἑλλήνων καὶ Ῥωμαίων μαθήματα δεινῶς ἐπτοημένοις φιλοσοφίας εἰς ἔρωτα τῆς προτέρας σπουδῆς τὴν θείαν ἄσκησιν ἀντικαταλλάξασθαι προετρέψατο. πέντε δὲ ὅλοις ἔτεσιν αὐτῷ συγγενόμενοι τοσαύτην ἀπηνέγκαντο περὶ τὰ θεῖα βελτίωσιν, ὡς ἔτι νέους ἄμφω ἐπισκοπῆς τῶν κατὰ Πόντον ἐκκλησιῶν ἀξιωθῆναι. τῷ δὲ Ὠριγένει κατὰ τοῦτον τὸν χρόνον τὰ εἰς τὸν Ἠσαί̈αν, ἐν ταυτῷ δὲ καὶ εἰς τὸν Ἰεζεκιὴλ συνετάττετο, ὧν εἰς μὲν τὸ τρίτον μέρος τοῦ Ἠσαί̈ου μέχρι τῆς ὁράσεως τῶν τετραπόδων τῶν ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ τριάκοντά εἰσι τόμοι: εἰς δὲ τὸν Ἰεζεκιὴλ πέντε καὶ εἴκοσιν, οὓς καὶ μόνους εἰς τὸν πάντα πεποίηται προφήτην. ἔτος δ' ἦν αὐτῷ ἑξηκοστὸν, ἐν ᾧ ταῦτα συνέταττεν: ἐν ᾧ καὶ ὁ μακάριος μάρτυς Πάμφιλος μαρτυρίῳ τὸν βίον διεξῆλθε. τὸ δὲ εἰς τὸ κατὰ Ἰωάννην Εὐαγγέλιον ἐξηγητικὸν σημαίνει, τὰ πρότερα πέντε ἐπ' Ἀλεξανδρείας ἔτι ὄντα αὐτὸν συντάξαι. τῆς δὲ εἰς τὸ πᾶν Εὐαγγέλιον πραγματείας μόνοι β# καὶ κ# περιῆλθον τόμοι, ιβ# δὲ τῶν εἰς τὴν Γένεσιν καὶ εἰς τοὺς πρώτους δὲ ε# καὶ κ# ψαλμοὺς, ἔτι τε τὰ εἰς τοὺς Θρήνους: καὶ τὰ Περὶ ἀναστάσεως καὶ τὰ Περὶ ἀρχῶν. γράφει δὲ καὶ τοὺς ἐπιγεγραμμένους Στρωματεῖς, ὄντας τὸν ἀριθμὸν ι#, οὓς καὶ συνέταξε κατὰ τὴν Ἀλεξάνδρου βασιλείαν. τὸν μέντοι πρῶτον ἐξηγούμενος ψαλμὸν ἔκθεσιν πεποίηται τῶν ἱερῶν γραφῶν τῆς παλαιᾶς διαθήκης καταλόγου, ὧδέ πως λέγων κατὰ λέξιν: οὐκ ἀγνοητέον δέ, ὡς εἶναι τὰς ἐνδιαθήκους βίβλους, ὡς Ἑβραῖοι παραδιδόασι, β# καὶ κ#, ὅσος ἀριθμὸς τῶν παρ' αὐτοῖς στοιχείων ἐστίν. εἶτα ἐπιφέρει λέγων: εἰσὶ δὲ αἱ εἴκοσι δύο βίβλοι καθ' Ἑβραίους αἵδε: Γένεσις, Βαρησίθ, ὅ ἐστιν ἐν ἀρχῇ: καὶ αἱ λοιπαὶ καθεξῆς. ἔζησε δὲ ἕως Γάλλου καὶ Βολουσιανοῦ, τουτέστιν ἕως θ# καὶ ξ# ἐτῶν τῆς ἡλικίας αὐτοῦ: καὶ ἐκοιμήθη ἐν Τύρῳ, ἐν ᾗ καὶ ἐτάφη. ὁ δὲ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ Λεωνίδης μαρτυρίῳ τῷ διὰ Χριστὸν ἐτελειώθη.
[1] On Origen see generally OCD(4) s.v. Origen(1), and again omega 183. The present entry draws heavily on Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, Books VI and VII.
[2] Eusebius refers to Origen as 'Adamantius' (Ἀδαμάντιος ), noting 'for Origen bears this name as well.' That Eusebius attaches no significance to the name, which derives from ἀδάμας ('unconquerable', 'adamantine'), indicates routine use as a deuteronomen. For a 2nd century CE sample, see the Thessalonica arch inscription in Cook, 23(14), on which two of the individuals bear the same deuteronomen. Contemporary and later interpretations of 'Adamantius' appear to reflect author viewpoint (Epiphanius' vituperation; Jerome's and Photius' adulation). For additional comment, see web address 1: Eusebius Pamphilus, The Church History of Eusebius (Book VI), footnote 116.
[3] Eusebius uses ἐνησκημένος (VI.2.9), which the Suda strengthens to ἐξησκημένος . See Smyth, p. 378 (§1688.2).
[4] Ammonius Saccas: alpha 1640. In addition, see OCD(4) s.v.
[5] Literally, 'He obtained a great boon from his teacher.'
[6] Numenius: nu 517; OCD(4) s.v.
[7-13] See OCD; Lempriere; web address 1: Eusebius Pamphilus, The Church History of Eusebius (Book VI), footnotes 144 and 145 for Cronius and Apollophanes. Also Williamson's appendix "Who's Who in Eusebius." For Longinus in historical fiction, see Zenobia or The Fall of Palmyra by the 19th-century American writer William Ware.
[14] For Greek, Judaic, and Origenic allegorism, see OCD(4) s.v. Allegory, Greek; Encyclopaedia Judaica, Vol 4 (Bible, Allegorical Interpretations); web address 2: Origen (Origen and Origenism, IIA. Scriptural Allegorism).
[15] For a similar use, see 2 Maccabees 4:10 LXX Ἑλληνικὸν χαρακτῆρα (Brenton, Apocrypha 189) as 'Greek way of life' (NRSV, 1699), recording the imposition of non-Judaic or pagan (secular) practices.
[16] A rhetorical question inspired by Eusebius VI.2.10ff and punctuated with an Iliadic flare. For a similar characterization of Origen, see web address 1: Jerome, On Illustrious Men (54).
[17] The Suda here interprets Eusebius at VI.18.3. The Suda literally reads: and explained to them at each session (ἑκάστοτε ) the many correlations (συνδρομάς , literally "concourses") permeating it (i.e. a particular doctrine).
[18] Eusebius VI.19.2ff. See OCD(4) s.v. and Williamson's appendix.
[19] Literally, 'Let Origen be understood (by this reference)'.
[20] The term γραφέντων also appears in Eusebius VI.19.9; neuter genitive plural aorist passive participle of γράφω (see LSJ s.v.).
[21] The Suda further vilifies Porphyry by amplifying Eusebius VI.19.9 with μάνεις (maniac, madman), aorist participle of μαίνομαι .
[22] The Suda truncates Eusebius VI.19.11 between ταῦτα and καὶ . The Suda is either unintentionally defective or deliberately pithier than the original. If the latter, the now isolated ταῦτα μὲν may be viewed as a concessive demarcating ταῦτα from the rest of the phrase -- up to πολυπειρίας , where a contrastive καί picks up. The result is a strident tone lacking in the Vorlage -- a technique consistent with the Suda's other emphatic choices. Contrast μέν ...καί here with μέν solitarium in the Suda sentence following the quotation. See Smyth, p. 655 (§§2897-98).
[23] A Platonic approach to philosophic inquiry and truth-seeking. See Republic 5.475E (Hamilton).
[24] For Mamaea, the mother of the Alexander Severus (r. 222-235), see Scarre, 153-57; Williamson; Gibbon, Vol I, 480; and OCD(4) s.v. Severus(2) Alexander, which provides a list of ancient sources.
[25] On Ambrose, see Eusebius VI.18.1, VI.23.1; web address 1: Eusebius Pamphilus, The Church History of Eusebius (Book VI), Footnote 134; and Williamson. The Latin from Jerome's Ep. ad Marcellam at web address 1, footnote 134 translates: "They say he was quite refined, as evidenced by his letter to Origen." (non inelegantis ingenti fuit, sicut ejus ad Origenem epistolae indicio sunt).
[26] The phrase τὰ θεῖα λόγια is "the divine oracles" in Oulton (69), but should be read in a broader context as "divine sayings." Williamson prefers "divine teaching" (199). See Danker, 598.
[27] The phrase does not appear in Eusebius VI.16.1. but parallels Jerome, On Illustrious Men, 54. See web address 1. The Greek in translation literally reads "contrary to the age and the inherent temperament." The German Zeitgeist is equivalent. See LSJ, 1202.IV; Danker, 694; 1069. For Origen's proficiency in Hebrew, see Jellicoe, Septuagint 104-106.
[28] i.e. the Septuagint.
[29] For an overview of these versions, see Brown, 1094 (79-82). For a more exacting review, see Jellicoe, Septuagint, IV.
[30] For the Ebionites, see 'Ebionism' in Hastings, Vol. V; 'Ebionites' in Eliade, Vol 4. For a brief comment, see Williamson.
[31] Ibid.
[32] On these versions -- referred to as Quinta, Sexta, and Septima -- see Eusebius VI.16.1ff and Jellicoe, Septuagint, 118-24.
[33] On the Hexapla -- the adjacent columnar arrangement of (1) the Old Testament in consonantal Hebrew, (2) a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew, (3) Aquila, (4) Symmachus, (5) the Septuagint and (6) Theodotion -- see Brown, 1094(83-86); Jellicoe, Septuagint, V; and Jellicoe, Studies, 343-81. The Hexapla of Psalms contained the Hexaplar columns with the Quinta and Sexta versions occupying the fifth and sixth columns in an overall eight-column scheme (later designated the Octapla). Although Eusebius and Jerome mention a seventh column, the nature -- and even the existence -- of the Septima are controversial issues among scholars. See Jellicoe. Also, web address 2: Hexapla.
[34] See Eusebius VI.16.1ff. For an apparatus criticus of this passage, see Jellicoe, Septuagint, 118-19. The Suda disrupts the syntax of Eusebius VI.16.1 by replacing the genitive plural perfect participle ἑρμηνευκότων (τάς τῶν ἑτέρων...ἑρμηνευκότων ἐκδόσεις ) with the aorist singular accusative participle ἑρμηνεύσαντα . For a pithos or large storage jar, see Adkins 209, 367 as well as its use in a comedic Etruscan scene from Hercules' labors in Cristofani, 89. This is cross-referenced at pi 54.
[35] On the Tetrapla -- ostensibly the adjacent columnar arrangement of the Hexapla's contents without the first two columns -- see Jellicoe, Septuagint, 113-18; Jellicoe, Studies, 382-91.
[36] gamma 450.
[37] On Gregory Thaumaturgus, see gamma 452: Gregorios; web address 2 for an overview. See web address 1: Gregory Thaumaturgus (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VI). For Gregory's Panegyric to Origen (Εἰς Ὤριγένην πανηγυρικὸς λόγος ), composed as he completed his training and which provides a detailed account of Origen's instructional methodology, see under the same "The Oration and Panegyric Addressed to Origen."
[38] The term ἄσκησις drawn from Eusebius VI.30 is transferred from its original athletic sense: practice. Although not in this instance associated with martyrdom (see Danker, 143), the term here conveys the sense of rigorous training. Oulton translates "the study of divine truth" (80); Williamson as "theological training" (204). Relatedly, Eusebius VI opens with ἀθλητῶν as "champions" of the faith, a transferred athletic allusion to martyrs common in early Christian parlance.
[39] See OCD(4) s.v. Pontus, and Pritchard, 187 for the region's geographic extent and urban centers.
[40] Isaiah 30:6. See Anderson, 262-63 for the tripartite division of Isaiah Books 1-32; Isaiah 30:6 resides in the third division (Books 28-32).
[41] The Suda supplies Origen's age from Eusebius VI.36.1.
[42] For St. Pamphilus of Caesarea, see web address 2.
[43] See web address 1: Eusebius Pamphilus, The Church History of Eusebius (Book VI), footnote 203.
[44] Ibid. footnote 204.
[45] Ibid. footnote 205. The Latin from Jerome's Ep. ad Magnum at web address 1, footnote 205 translates: "Origen, who emulated him (Clement), wrote ten Stromateis, comparing Christian teachings with those of the Greek philosophers, and corroborating all doctrine of our faith derived from Plato and Aristotle, Numenius and Cornutus." (hunc imitatus Origenes, decem scripsit Stromateas, Christianorum et philosophorum inter se sententias comparans: et omnia nostrae religionis dogmata de Platone et Aristotele, Numenio Cornutoque confirmans) Alternatively rendered as Stromata (Miscellanies).
[46] See web address 1: Eusebius Pamphilus, The Church History of Eusebius (Book III), footnote 113 for a discussion of the OT canon.
[47] Eusebius VI.25.2 transliterates the Hebrew disyllabic בראשית bere'shith as "Bresith"; the Suda transliterates it as "Baresith." The Hebrew opens with a vocal shewa na (a half vowel), followed by tsere (a full vowel) and the gutteral 'aleph as the elements of the first syllable. Eusebius (following Origen) ignores the vocal shewa in transliteration, retaining only the full vowel. The Suda shows all vowels. The Greek alphabet cannot accommodate the Hebrew letter ש shin, and Eusebius (following Origen) and the Suda ignore an accommodation for א 'aleph. That theta is here a fricative (not an aspirated plosive) is made clear by its representation of the Hebrew fricative ת thaw in bere'shith -- the use of theta as a fricative already evidenced in the pre-Byzantine centuries CE. See Allen, 21.
[48] Eusebius VII.1. The emperor Gaius Vibius Tribonianus Gallus came to the throne in June 251, naming his son Gaius Vibius Volusianus as Caesar or Successor. They were murdered in August 253. See Scarre, 170-71.
[49] Eusebius VII.1 states that Origen died at 'age seventy less one' (ἑνὸς δέοντα ). The Suda expresses this number alphanumerically (θ' καὶ χ' ). Williamson mistranslates Eusebius as 'seventy' (221).
[50] Eusebius VI.1.1. Leonides was martyred by decapitation during the persecution in the tenth year of Septimius Severus' reign (Eusebius VI.2.2ff) or between April 202 and April 203. See Scarre, 131.
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