publication . Article . 2021

‘You Are Gods’ (Ps 81:6): Jerome and the Legacy of Origen’s Anthropology

Contini Sara;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2021 Journal: Open Theology, volume 7, pages 224-237 (eissn: 2300-6579, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Abstract The paper discusses Jerome’s attack against the belief that human beings share the same substance as the heavenly powers and even as the Trinity, according to the dignity (dignitas) of the soul: in polemical texts such as Ep. 124.14, Jerome attributes this belief to Origen. Jerome’s intent clearly to demarcate the difference in nature between human and divine beings is also reflected in his exegetical writings, especially when dealing with Psalm 81, where human beings are addressed as “gods.” The paper investigates Jerome’s understanding of the dignitas of humanity as it emerges from his Homily on Psalm 81: the comparison with Origen’s own passages on P...
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free text keywords: Religious studies, dignity, deification, participation, exegesis, arianism, consubstantial, logos, translation, psalm 81, rufinus, Religion (General), BL1-50
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