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Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity$
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John David Dawson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226302

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226302.001.0001

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The Present Occurrence of Past Events: Origen

The Present Occurrence of Past Events: Origen

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(p.127) Chapter 6 The Present Occurrence of Past Events: Origen
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Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity
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John David Dawson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520226302.003.0007

This chapter provides a close reading of sections of the Commentary on the Gospel of John, which was written by Origen. It shows that Origen's unique way of preserving history is obvious in his antignostic exegesis of the Gospel of John. It looks at one of Origen's main concerns, which involves the continued relevance of past actions for the spiritual advancement of his contemporaries. The chapter also introduces a key aspect of Christian reading that Erich Auerbach failed to deal with properly.

Keywords:   Gospel of John, antignostic exegesis, relevance, past actions, spiritual advancement, Christian reading

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