Commentary on the Gospel According to John

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INTRODUCTION

This volume contains what remains of Books 13-32 of Origen's Commentary on John. 1. The Commentary on John is significant not only for studies of Origen, for which it is of central importance, but also for studies of Gnosticism, 2. the history of biblical exegesis, 3. the history of theology, 4. and spirituality. 5.

(2) R. Gögler has pointed out that the Commentary on John is the oldest preserved Christian commentary on a writing of the New Testament, and has noted that it is an extensive scholarly and spiritual explanation of the Gospel. 6. G. L. Prestige calls attention to the fact that it was Origen, more than any other single person who established the disciplines of biblical interpretation and biblical theology at the center of the Church's activities. 7. Both disciplines play major roles in

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1.
For my translation of what remains of the previous books, see Origen: Commentary on the Gospel according to John, Books I-10, FOTC 80 (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1989). On the size and preservation of the Commentary, including the fragments, see FOTC 80.7-10.
2.
See FOTC 80.23-26 on Heracleon, the Gnostic whose interpretation of John and whose theology Origen attempts to refute in several places throughout the Commentary. Passages directly related to Heracleon are set in small type in the translation, and statements that Origen attributes to Heracleon are set in italics.
3.
See FOTC 80.10-23 for a brief survey of Origen's exegetical methods in the Commentary, and for a select bibliography of works treating this subject.
4.
I shall discuss below some of the more important aspects of Origen's theology that appear in the Commentary.
5.
Studies of Origen's spirituality usually focus on his works on the Song of Songs and some of his homilies. Passages such as 13.3-42, 19.21-25, and 32.400, and numerous others in the Commentary on John, however, show this work to be rich in material related to spirituality.
6.
Origenes: Das Evangelium nach Johannes (Zürich: Benziger Verlag Einsiedeln, 1959), 15, 35.
7.
Fathers and Heretics (London, 1948), 54.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • Origen - Commentary on the Gospel According to John Books 13-32 *
  • Contents *
  • Abbreviations *
  • Preface vii
  • Select Bibliography ix
  • Introduction *
  • Introduction 3
  • Commentary on the Gospel of John Books 13, 19, 20, 28, and 32 *
  • Book Thirteen 69
  • Book Nineteen 166
  • Book Twenty *
  • Book Twenty-Eight 292
  • Book Thirty-Two *
  • Indices *
  • Index of Proper Names 421
  • Index of Holy Scripture 427
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