Origen against Celsus: Translated from the original into English. By James Bellamy.

London: Printed by B. Mills, and Sold by J. Robinson [n.d., 1709?]. First edition thus. A little light foxing, old ink signature on title-page. A very good copy Recent full paneled calf, decoratively tooled in gilt and blind, burgundy morocco spine label. Edges sprinkled red, new endpapers. Octavo. [4], 223, [1], [203, mis (Item ID: 14549)


Origen (ca. 185–ca. 254) was one of the most eloquent and influential of the early Christian writers. He was the son of Leonides, a Christian martyr of Alexandria, and the pupil of Clement of Alexandria. Proficient at Hebrew, he became involved with Biblical studies at an early age and produced a valuable edition of the Old Testament entitled Hexapla. He was also a student of Greek philosophy and attempted to reconcile Platonism with Christianity. The present work is in response to the work of the second century pagan philosopher Celsus. The work itself has been lost, though much of it is preserved in Origen’s response. “The Contra Celsum is the culmination of the great apologetic movement of the second and third centuries A.D., and is for the Greek Church what St Augustine's City of God is for Western Christendom. It is also one of the chief monuments of the coming together of ancient Greek culture and the new faith of the expanding Christian society. Thus Origen's work is of interest not only to the historian and theologian, but also to the Hellenist” (publisher’s promotional material for a 1980 Cambridge University Press edition, translated by Henry Chadwick.)

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