The Apocalypse in Origen and the Origenian Tradition

May 25, 2010
Classics 110
1010 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Ilaria RamelliCatholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan

This lecture will investigate the interpretation of the Book of Revelation, or Apocalypse, in Origen and the Origenian tradition. Why does Origen accept this book, whereas many Origenian exegetes do not? What role does Millenarianism play in this choice, and what kind of exegesis does Origen apply in order to accept the Apocalypse? In answering these questions and others, the lecture looks to two influences on Origen’s thought: Plato and St. Paul, especially 1 Cor. 15.

Ilaria Ramelli is Professor of History of the Roman Near East, and Assistant of History of Ancient Philosophy at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan. She is internationally recognized as one of the foremost scholars of classic and early Christian literature and thought. She is author of textual editions, with notes and commentary, on major ancient texts, both Christian and non-Christian, and has published numerous articles on the influence of Greek Philosophy on Christian doctrine.