HDS 1167

Advanced Greek: Origen's Commentary on the Gospel John

Annewies van den Hoek


Origen, who lived from about 185 to 253 CE, was one of the most prodigious writers of antiquity, and his Commentary on the Gospel of John is perhaps the most important of his exegetical writings. The work was commissioned by Ambrose, a wealthy Alexandrian of Valentinian inclinations who felt a need for clarification. Origen's immense commentary, of which only parts have survived, is a mixture of philology, history, allegorical interpretation, and theological speculation. He incorporates (and attacks) passages from the commentary on John written by the Valentinian Heracleon, whose work is the first known on that gospel. The focus of this reading course will be JoCom. 13, in which Origen offers extensive interpretations of the Samaritan woman and the well (John 4). Prerequisite: 4221 or the equivalent. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Mon Fri 10am-11am
Divinity Hall Room 106

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) Content language course