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Title: The Reception of Origen in the Hexaemeron by Anastasius Sinaita
Subtitle: Between Criticism and Approval
Author(s): ZAGANAS, Dimitrios
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 95 Issue: 3 Date: 2019
This article examines Anastasius of Sinai’s complex attitude towards Origen in his Hexaemeron (CPG 7770). While the explicit references to Origen are all taking the form of criticism, sometimes mingled with compassion, the few indirect references point to borrowings from his (now lost) work on Genesis. Moreover, Anastasius’ method of interpretation shows acquaintance with Origen’s exegesis. It is argued that Anastasius’ approach to Gen 1-3, which consists in expounding the whole creation and paradise narrative as foreshadowing the mystery of Christ and the Church, has been based upon Origen’s paradigm of an 'all-embracing allegory'. Origen, although regarded as heretic, was therefore one of the early Fathers on whom Anastasius actually, but tacitly, drew.