Origen of Alexandria's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans is
the oldest extant commentary on Romans (ca. 246). This volume
presents the first English translation of the commentary, covering
his exegesis of Rom 1:1 to 6:11. One of his longest and most mature
works, it is the only commentary of Origen available in a coherent
form from beginning to end. The work was originally composed in
Greek in Caesarea, but only fragments of the archetype have
survived. Fortunately, Origen's admirer Rufinus of Aquileia
translated the work into Latin (ca. 406).
Origen's exegesis predates the controversy between Augustine and
Pelagius by 170 years; thus it offers a striking perspective on
Romans. Opposition to Gnostic interpretations of Paul is an
important characteristic of the commentary. Above all Origen
defends the Church against the "doctrine of natures" -- the belief
that all human beings are born with unalterable natures, either
good or evil, and thus bound for either salvation or damnation, and
that their conduct during this life cannot alter their destiny.
Origen successfully refutes this teaching, showing that freedom of
will always abides in rational beings.
Provoked by Marcion's repudiation of the Old Testament, Origen
emphasizes the harmony between Gospel and Law. He highlights as one
of Paul's main themes in Romans the transfer of religion from
Judaism to Christianity, from the letter to the spirit, in terms
both of salvation history and of the transformation of the
individual. Origen claims that the key to unlocking Romans is
understanding Paul's use of homonyms -- identical expressions such
as law, Jew, circumcision, death, etc., with divergent
Books 6-10 of thecommentary, presenting Origen's interpretation
of Rom 6:12 to 16:27, will be the next volume published in the
Fathers of the Church series.
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