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Eusebius devotes almost all of book 6 of his
Born in Egypt3.
Beloved father, Leonides, martyred (wrote letter exhorting him to martyrdom)5.
Studied under Clement6.
Followed as leader of school of Alexandria (at age 18!)7.
Popularity: Thousands flocked to hear him teach
Holiness: Led ascetic lifestyle—sometime to the extremes (e.g., castration)!
Accordingly it seems to me that one who is about to enter upon prayer ought first to have pausedawhile and prepared himself to engage in prayer throughout more earnestly and intently, to havecast aside every distraction and confusion of thought, to have bethought him to the best of hisability of the greatness of Him whom he is approaching and of the impiety of approaching Himfrivolously and carelessly and, as it were, in contempt, and to have put away everything alien.—Origen,
Banished by Bishop Demetrius after being ordained in Caesareaa.
Demetrius disapproved of his being allowed to preach there without ordersb.
Caesareans hoped ordination would please Demetriusc.
Demetrius was further upsetd.
Castration rendered him unfit for ordinatione.
Jerome insists banishment (two synods) was not due to his doctrine!
Philosophical: Heavily influenced by Plato11.
Scholarship: Studied Hebrew and consulted with rabbis over difficulties in the OT12.
St. Epiphanius attributes 6,000 works to him!b.
Works translated due to a wealthy female disciplec.
Many works lost13.
Hexapla: six texts of OT given side-by-sidea.
Transliterated Hebrew into Greek lettersc.
4 different Greek texts (Aquila; Symmachus; recension of the LXX; Theodotion LXX)14.
Suffered in Decian persecution“The man’s numerous letters contain both a true and accurate account of the nature and extent of that which he endured for the word of Christ, punishments as he lay in iron and in the recesses of his dungeon; and how, when for many days his feet were stretched four spaces in that instrument of torture, the stocks, he bore with a stout heart threats of fire and everything else that was inflicted byhis enemies; and the kind of issue he had thereof, the judge eagerly striving with all his might on no
The critical biographical information about Origen is found in Eusebius’
Eusebius writes, “As was his speech, so was the manner of the life that he displayed and as his manner of life, so his speech, and it wasespecially for this reason that, with cooperation of the divine power, he brought so many to share his zeal” (Eusebius,
Eusebius tells us, “He persevered, as far as possible, in the most philosophic manner of life, at one time disciplining himself by fasting,at another measuring out the time for sleep, which he was careful to take, never on a couch, but on the floor. And above all heconsidered that those sayings of the Saviour in the Gospel ought to be kept which exhort us not to provide two coats nor to use shoes,nor, indeed, to be worn out with thoughts about the future” (Eusebius,