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While Origen was a theologian and spiritual writer par excellence, his influence as a biblical critic and exegete constitutes what is essentially the beginning of the golden era of scientific Christian biblical exegesis. This chapter introduces our exposition with a very brief survey of an important aspect of his work which may impact the discussion of Origen's exegesis. David Runia notes that Origen looked to Philo, not as much as an important influence in shaping his fundamentally Platonizing worldview but in the area of biblical interpretation. He notes that Origen's spiritual world-view differs from Platonism in that it is Word-centered. Origen is the first Christian writer to identify the treasures of Egypt with the encyclical disciplines and in doing so clearly follows Philo's Heir Origen, like Philo, seeks to walk in balance between an overly accommodative attitude and an overly isolationist attitude toward Greek learning.

Keywords:biblical text; Christian theology; David Runia; Egypt; Greek education; Origen's exegesis; Philo; Platonism



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