From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book


Origen of Alexandria
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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.

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Origen. Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Italy, late 11th or early 12th century.
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