Origen and the Life of the Stars: A History of an Idea

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byAlan Scott

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It was widely assumed by intellectuals from antiquity to the Middle Ages that the beauty and regularity of the heavens was a sign of their superior life. Through this belief the stars gained an important position in Greek religion, and speculations on their nature figured prominently indiscussions of human psychology and eschatology. In the third century AD the influential Christian theologian Origen included Hellenistic theories on the life and nature of the stars in his cosmology. This marked an interesting episode in the history of the idea, but it also had important implications for early Christian theology. Although he wascondemned as heretical for these (and other) speculations, he was successful in incorporating traditional philosophical theories about the stars into a biblical theology.

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The Oxford Early Christian Studies series includes scholarly volumes on the thought and history of the early Christian centuries. Covering a wide range of Greek, Latin, and Oriental sources, the books are of interest to theologians, ancient historians, and specialists in the classical and Jewish worlds. A list of titles will be found a...

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It was widely assumed by intellectuals from antiquity to the Middle Ages that the beauty and regularity of the heavens was a sign of their superior life. Through this belief the stars gained an important position in Greek religion, and speculations on their nature figured prominently indiscussions of human psychology and eschatology. ...

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The Oxford Early Christian Studies series includes scholarly volumes on the thought and history of the early Christian centuries. Covering a wide range of Greek, Latin, and Oriental sources, the books are of interest to theologians, ancient historians, and specialists in the classical and Jewish worlds. A list of titles will be found a...

Alan Scott is Paster of the Flanders Baptist and Community Church, East Lyme, Connecticut.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198263616

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The Oxford Early Christian Studies series includes scholarly volumes on the thought and history of the early Christian centuries. Covering a wide range of Greek, Latin, and Oriental sources, the books are of interest to theologians, ancient historians, and specialists in the classical and Jewish worlds. A list of titles will be found at the beginning of this book.

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'This is a very good study ... It is clearly and elegantly written and presented.'Barry Brundell, Metascience, Issue 3, '93