Origen of Alexandria

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Origen of Alexandria (184-253), also known as Origen Adamantius, sought martyrdom with his father at a young age but was prevented from turning himself in to the authorities by his mother. When he was eighteen years old, Origen became a catechist at the Catechetical School of Alexandria. Eusebius claims that Origen studied under Clement of Alexandria. Eusebius also claims that, as a young man, Origen had himself castrated based on a literal reading of Matthew 19:12, in which Jesus says “there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuch for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.”  Origen’s treatise De Principiis’ (On First Principles) systematically laid out the principles of Christian theology and became the foundation for later theological writings.  He was tortured for his faith during the persecution of Roman Emperor Decian in 250 and died three to four years later from his injuries.

Extant Writings:

  • De Principiis'(On First Principles)
  • Origen to Africanus
  • Origen to Gregory
  • Against Celsus
  • Letter of Origen to Gregory
  • Commentary on the Gospel of John
  • Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

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