Origen of Alexandria
Writing in the third century, Origen of Alexandria was one of the early
commentators on Scripture. Although he was highly respected during his
lifetime, his name came under a cloud centuries after his death when Church
councils refined the boundaries of orthodoxy and decided that several
of his views were heretical. For example, he believed in the pre-existence
of souls and thought that eventually even the Devil’s sins would
be forgiven. While the Church condemned these views, later clerics preserved
much of Origen’s legacy as sound and inspired teaching—particularly
his commentaries on Scripture, as indicated by this stately manuscript,
copied in Italy ca. 1100.
Purchased in 1885 for A.D. White.
Origen. Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to
the Romans. Italy, late 11th or early 12th century.
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