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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Origen (Ὠριγένης, Ōrigenēs). Also known as Origen of Alexandria. A prolific and influential church father who lived ca. ad 185–254. Known for his allegorical approach to interpreting Scripture.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Origen (Person)
ORIGEN (PERSON). An Alexandrian-born early Church Father (ca. 185–253); most of what we know about him comes from Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History (ca. 340).A. LifeB. Works1. Treatises2. Homilies3. Letters4. DialoguesC. Difficulties in InterpretationD. SourcesE. Origen and the ChurchF. Theology
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Origen (c. 185—c. 254), Alexandrian biblical critic, exegete, theologian, and spiritual writer. The facts of his life are recorded by *Eusebius. He was born in Egypt, prob. at *Alexandria, where he received a thoroughly Christian education in the house of his parents. During the persecution in Alexandria
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Origen. Origen (185–254) was an early church Father and apologist for Christianity. He was heavily influenced by Platonic (see Plato; Plotinus) and Gnostic (see Gnosticism) thought. As a consequence his defense of the faith tended to sacrifice important teachings. He denied the historicity of crucial
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
Origen (c. 185–c. 254)
Origen (c. 185–c. 254)Origen is one of the great thinkers in Christian theology, passionately committed to God, to Jesus, to faith, to prayer and to the Bible. As a scholar he is unsurpassed in the early church in literary output. As a creative thinker he had immense impact on succeeding generations.
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Origen (185–253).—Theologian, born at Alexandria, died at Tyre. His father, Leonidas, being a man of great piety and culture, gave him an excellent education; under his tuition and that of Pantænus and Clement, Origen applied himself to the study of philosophy and theology. While a catechist, he attended
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Origen (ca. 185–ca. 254). One of the most prolific and original Christian authors of antiquity. He was born in Alexandria of a Christian family. His father, Leonidas, suffered martyrdom in 202 during the persecution of Septimius Severus. It is said that on that occasion the only way his mother could
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
OrigenOrigen (c. 185–c. 254) was born in Egypt, probably in Alexandria, into a Christian family. He received a Christian education, and in early years hoped for martyrdom during a period in which the church underwent persecution (c. 202). He led a rigorously ascetic life. In his midthirties, perhaps
Pocket Dictionary of Church History: Over 300 Terms Clearly and Concisely Defined
Origen (c. 185–c. 254). Perhaps the greatest Christian scholar of his age, Origen had a lasting impact upon the church through his *allegorical approach to biblical interpretation. Egyptian by birth, he lived a good part of his adult life in the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria, where he headed the Catechetical
131 Christians Everyone Should Know
Scholars and ScientistsOrigenBiblical scholar and philosopher“We who by our prayers destroy all demons which stir up wars, violate oaths, and disturb the peace are of more help to the emperors than those who seem to be doing the fighting.”This third century “religious fanatic” gave up his
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
Origen.—Origen, who was born about the year a.d. 185, was remarkable in his early youth for his acquaintance with Holy Scripture, and his anxiety to attain to its inner meaning. His father Leonidas fell a victim to the persecution of the Christians which broke out at the beginning of the 3rd century.
II. Life
II. Life.—The nationality and birthplace of Origen are uncertain. It is probable that he was born at Alexandria (Euseb. H. E. vi. 1), but it has not been recorded whether he was of Egyptian or Greek or mixed descent. The statement of Epiphanius, that he was “an Egyptian by race” (Haer. Lxiv. 1, Αἰγύπτιος
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
Origen or’uh-juhn (Ὠριγένης). An early Christian theologian, widely regarded as the greatest biblical scholar of the ancient church. Origen was born into a Christian family in Alexandria around. a.d 185. He received a strong education in Greek literature and philosophy, studying under a Platonist philosopher