Homilies on Leviticus: 1-16

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HOMILY 13

Concerning the feast days, and the lamp, and the lampstand, and
the oil for light, and concerning the table and the shew bread
.

WHOEVER IS "perfect" 1. is taught by God himself about the reasons for the festivals and is not accustomed to learn these from a human teacher but he learns them from God, if anyone can grasp the voice of God. But whoever is not such, but is inferior, learns from him who has learned from God. Therefore, concerning the festivals, there is a twofold explanation of the doctrine. One, by which the prophetic mind illuminated by the Spirit is taught, which, if I may say so, is learned more by intuition of the mind than by the sound of the voice, through which the truth itself, not the shadow 2. and the image of the truth, is known. But those who cannot grasp the clearness itself of God nor observe the whole splendor of the truth with an attentive mind, hear about the festivals second hand from those who had learned first; and since the distinctive character of the investigation has given to the first the truth of things, the hearer alone bears the shadow of the truth to the second. Conscious of this mystery, the Apostle used to say about the Jews, "They serve a shadow and a copy of the heavenly." 3. For it is written that Moses had seen "the heavenly things" themselves, but had passed on to the people types and images of what he had seen. For thus the divine oracle says to him, "Behold, make all things according to the form which was shown to you on the mountain." 4. Therefore, such is that which was read in this passage because the Lord had spoken about the festivals to Moses. 5. And after this, it

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1.
Cf. Matt 19.21.
2.
Cf. Heb 10.1.
3.
Heb 8.5.
4.
Exod 25.40; Heb 8.5.
5.
Cf. Lev 23.1f.

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  • Origen - Homilies on Leviticus 1-16 *
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Select Bibliography ix
  • Introduction *
  • Homilies 1-16 *
  • Homily 1 29
  • Homily 2 39
  • Homily 3 52
  • Homily 4 70
  • Homily 5 88
  • Homily 6 116
  • Homily 7 129
  • Homily 8 153
  • Homily 9 176
  • Homily 10 202
  • Homily 11 208
  • Homily 12 218
  • Homily 13 232
  • Homily 14 245
  • Homily 15 256
  • Homily 16 261
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