Origen on 1 Corinthians

My attention has been drawn to the remains of Origen’s Homilies on 1 Corinthians.  These are not in Migne, but appear in a number of volumes in the Journal of Theological Studies.  Manuel Crespo has kindly pointed out to me that there are a total of five articles published by Jenkins in the JTS, plus another by C.H.Turner:

  • ORIGEN-CITATIONS, THE, IN CRAMER’S CATENA ON I “Corinthians”; Jenkins, C., Rev. Journal of Theological Studies 6 (1905) p.113 (4 pages)  (JTS6 is online here).
  • ORIGEN ON I CORINTHIANS, Jenkins, C., Rev. Journal of Theological Studies 9 (1908) p.231 (17 pages)
  • ORIGEN ON I CORINTHIANS. Jenkins, C., Rev. Journal of Theological Studies 9 (1908) p.353 (20 pages)
  • ORIGEN ON I CORINTHIANS. Jenkins, C., Rev. Journal of Theological Studies 9 (1908) p.500 (15 pages) (JTS9 is online here).
  • ORIGEN ON I CORINTHIANS. IV. Jenkins, Claude, Rev. Journal of Theological Studies 10 (1909) p.29 (22 pages)
  • ORIGEN’S COMMENTARY ON I CORINTHIANS, NOTES ON THE TEXT OF. Turner, C. H., Journal of Theological Studies 10 (1909) p.270 (7 pages)

 Interesting indeed!  More when I have read through this material.

Context of all of this?  Well, 1 Corinthians is where Paul talks about speaking in tongues.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what Origen says about this?

12 thoughts on “Origen on 1 Corinthians

  1. Hello, you have these files [in other sites] on the quotations of Origen on the book of I Corinthians?

  2. There is a translation of his homilies on Corinthians (according to Origen) to any Western language?

    It would be interesting to know his vision, because until today I find only “quote” about Origen’s language when he refutes the Montanists.

    Peace.

  3. I found two quotes from Origen on the gift of tongues.

    1) When it says in Psalm 15:9 calling the “tongues” Gift of the Spirit:

    “calls a tongue the gift of the Holy Spirit…, for the tongue that is within the soul rejoices, is joyful as it speaks and makes others rejoice.”

    [ Origen, “On the Psalms,” Library of Greek Fathers and Ecclesiastical Writers, v. 15, part 6 (Apostolic Diaconia of the Church of Greece: Athens, 1958), page 326 (in Greek).]

    2) A commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:15 translating Hieromonk Alex Trade:

    “The Spirit prays truly spiritual prayers in the heart of the Saints, prayers that when recorded are full of ineffable and wonderful teachings.”

    [Origen, “On Prayer,” Library of Greek Fathers and Ecclesiastical Writers, v. 10, part 2 (Apostolic Diaconia of the Church of Greece: Athens, 1957), pages 236-237 (in Greek).]

    From what I understand, Origen believed that the gift of tongues was something silent and that the “tongues” were inside the person, and even makes sense, considering that many passages in the NT we see that the Holy Spirit is at the heart of people .

  4. Thanks for the tip about the “proxies”.

    One more thing. Archive.org has different volumes of JTS, although they all have the same number (1899) when you open the links. Readers would to well to actually begin reading online the first pages of each volume. Otherwise, they will think they found multiple copies of 1899 volume, when in effect they have found different volumes from the beginning of the 20th century.

  5. I have found multiple examples of discrepancies between the title of the some books/publications (as displayed in the hits returned by a search in Archive.org) and the content of the books themselves. No stone (or page) should be left unturned when searching for something on Archive.org (which otherwise is truly a bonanza of resources).

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