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History Without A 'Body'?

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An account of Origen’s perception of history in the Philocalia is quite expressive: God is both the author of this world and the author of Scripture. God made the sun, the moon and the stars, as well as all kinds of creatures on this earth, and provides for them all. The same Creator created Scripture, since the Holy Spirit is its actual author. We cannot understand all the mysteries lying hidden therein, still there is not one ‘jot or one tittle’ which is void of meaning. God has authored Scripture to the minutest detail precisely in the same way he has done so for nature. Departing from the analogy with nature, Origen considers Scripture as comprising body, soul and spirit. The first is literal narration; the second is moral teaching denoted through historical narration; the third is the profound mysteries believed to be harboured therein.

Keywords: body; God; historical narration; History; Holy Spirit; mysteries; Origen; Philocalia; Scripture; soul

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