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Allegorical Interpretation of Geography in Origen’s Homilies on the Book of Joshua

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Abstract In his sermons on the Book of Joshua Origen argues that whereas the book refers to historical facts, the book should to also be seen as a story of Christ’s salvation of man. More specifically the Israelites entering of the Holy Land is a prefiguring of the newly baptised Christian’s journey toward Christ. This should furthermore be seen in connection with the fact that the primary audience for these sermons where the catechumens and the newly baptised.

Affiliations: 1: Section for Systematic Theology Tåsingegade 3, Building 1443, Room 431, 8000 Aarhus C Denmark, Email:; 2: Section for Systematic Theology Tåsingegade 3, Building 1443, Room 431, 8000 Aarhus C Denmark


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