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Origeniana XII: "Origen´s legacy in the Holy Land. A Tale of Three Cities: Jerusalem, Caesarea and Bethlehem" - 25-26-27-28-29/06/2017, Jerusalem (Israel)





FECHA/DATE/DATA: 25-26-27-28-29/06/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus (Jerusalem, Israel)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony (The Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University)

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The conference fee is 150 Euro. The fee will cover the participation in all sessions, dinner reception, coffee, and lunch during the conference (at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club). Students and post-doctorates are exempt from the conference fee and invited to all receptions and meals. In addition, the fee for Caesarea excursion will be 30 Euro (including lunch).



Sunday, June 25

15:30-17:30 Conference registration desk opens (4th Floor Lobby at Beit Maiersdorf)

16:30-17:30 English-language tour of the Mt. Scopus campus (meeting point: 3rd Floor Lobby at Beit Maiersdorf)

17:45 Reception (Rabin Building)

18:15 Opening Session: Auditorium, Rabin Building

Greetings: Menachem Ben-Sasson (President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem); Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony (Director of the Center for the Study of Christianity Keynote)

Lecture: Prof. Lorenzo Perrone (University of Bologna) Origen and His Legacy in the Holy Land: Fortune and Misfortune of a Literary and Theological Heritage



Monday, June 26, Beit Maiersdorf
9:00 Session 1: Room 405
Chair: Angelo Di Berardino, Patristic Institute Augustinianum

Giovanni Hermanin de Reichenfeld, University of Exeter: From Capernaum to Jerusalem: Origen’s Sacred Geography of the Holy Land in his Commentaries on the Gospels
Lavinia Cerioni, University of Nottingham: “Mother of Souls”: The Holy City of Jerusalem in Origen’s Commentary and Homily on the Song of Songs

9:00 Session 2: Room 403
Chair: Aryeh Kofsky, University of Haifa
Agnès Aliau-Milhaud, Paris-Sorbonne University: Bethabara and Gergesa (Origen, CIo VI, 204-211): Geographical Digression or Exegesis?
Vito Limone, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University: Οὐσία in Origen: Origen’s Use of the Term in Light of the Homilies on the Psalms

10:00 Session 3, Plenary Lecture: Room 405
Chair: Christoph Markschies, Humboldt University of Berlin
Emanuela Prinzivalli, Sapienza University of Rome: The City of God and the Cities of Men According to Origen
10:50 Break

11:15 Session 4: Room 405
Chair: Serge Ruzer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Cordula Bandt, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities: Temple Worship in the Exegesis of Psalms by Origen and his Successors 

Tommaso Interi, Catholic University of Milan: “A Place to Worship the Lord our God”: Origen’s Exegesis of the Holy Land in his Homilies on Prophets
Valentina Marchetto, Foundation for Religious Sciences John XXIII: “Jerusalem... is the Divine Soul” (FrLam VIII): The Holy Land in Origen’s Early Work


11:15 Session 5: Room 501
Chair: Harald Buchinger, University of Regensburg
Joseph Sievers, Pontifical Biblical Institute: Origen, Josephus, and Jerusalem 

Roberto Spataro, Salesian Pontifical University: A Mystical Vision of the Holy Land: Considerations on Origen’s Homilies on the Book of Joshua
Franz Xaver Risch, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities: Die Stufen des Tempels

11:15 Session 6: Room 502
Chair: Anders-Christian Jacobsen, Aarhus University
Samuel Fernández, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile: “That Man Who Appeared in Judaea” (Prin II,6,2): The Soteriological Function of the Humanity of the Son of God According to Origen’s De principiis
Katarina Pålsson, Lund University: Likeness to Angels: Origen, Jerome and the Question of the Resurrection
Stephen Carlson, Australian Catholic University: Origen’s Use of Papias
13:00 Lunch (for conference participants)

14:15 Session 7: Room 405
Chair: Bas ter Haar Romeny, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Eric Scherbenske: Selection, Preservation, and Production of Origen’s Legacy: The Archetype of Codex von der Goltz (Athos Lavra 184 B. 64) and the Library of Caesarea
Paul Hartog, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary: Origen the Librarian and the Institutional Legacy of His Caesarean Library
Francesca Minonne, Catholic University of Milan: Origen and the Grammatical Process of διόρθωσις in the Library of Caesarea

14:15 Session 8: Room 501
Chair: Samuel Fernández, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Francesco Celia, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Origen’s Teaching in Caesarea: Reconsidering the Study of the Scriptures According to Gregory of Neocaesarea’s Oratio Panegyrica

Anita Shtrubel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: The Perception of Language and its Importance to Origen in Contra Celsum
Jussi Junni, University of Helsinki: Being and Becoming in Celsus and Origen
Satoshi Toda, Hokkaido University: The So-Called Hellenization of Christianity and Origen

14:15 Session 9: Room 502
Chair: Aaron Johnson, Lee University
Mark Del Cogliano, University of St. Thomas: Eusebius of Caesarea’s Defense of Origen in the Debate Between Paulinus of Tyre, Eusebius of Nicomedia, Asterius of Cappadocia, and Marcellus of Ancyra
Sébastien Morlet, Paris-Sorbonne University: Συμφωνία: an Origenian theme and its legacy in Eusebius of Caesarea
Joona Salminen, University of Helsinki: Origen the Alexandrian Ascetic? Eusebius’ Description in the Light of Clement’s Practical Instructions

14:15 Session 10: Room 503
Chair: Marco Rizzi, Catholic university of Milan
Patricia Ciner, National University of San Juan, Catholic University of Cuyo: Commentary on the Gospel of John: The History and Content of a Masterpiece Written Between Alexandria and Caesarea
Carl Johan Berglund, Uppsala University: Discerning Quotations from Heracleon in Origen’s Commentary on the Gospel of John
Domenico Pazzini, GIROTA: De Alexandrie à Cesarée: la voie negative du Commentaire sur Jean
16:00 Break

16:30 Session 11, Plenary Lecture: Room 405
Chair: Ora Limor, Open University of Israel
Christoph Markschies, Humboldt University of Berlin: Local Knowledge vs. Religious Imaging: Origen and the Holy Land



Tuesday, June 27, Beit Maiersdorf
08:45 Session 12: Room 405
Chair: Sébastien Morlet, Paris-Sorbonne University
Oded Irshai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: A New Temple: Eusebius’ Address on the Occasion of the Consecration of the New Church in Tyre (ca.315 CE)
Adele Monaci, University of Turin: Eusèbe de Césarée et la Palestine

09:00 Session 13: Room 403
Chair: Sergey Minov, University of Oxford
Maya Goldberg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Teaching Theodore of Mopsuestia to the Syrians: Anti-Allegorism in the Anonymous Commentary on the Minor Pauline Epistles in Ms Diyarbakir 22
Cornelis Hoogerwerf, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Origen, ‘Destroyer of the Scriptures’? Origen and Theodore of Mopsuestia on Eph. 5:31-32

10:00 Session 14, Plenary Lecture: Room 405
Chair: Rina Talgam, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Joseph Patrich, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Caesarea Maritima in the Time of Origen
10:50 Break

11:15 Session 15: Room 405
Chair: Menachem Kister, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jesse Mirotznik, Harvard University: Origen and the Sifra: A Comparative Genre Analysis
Magdalena Wdowiak, Jagiellonian University: The Seven Songs in Origen’s Commentary on the Song of Songs and the Midrash of the Ten Songs
Maren Niehoff, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “In the Image of God”: A Dispute between Origen and the Rabbis


11:15 Session 16: Room 403
Chair: Joseph Sievers, Pontifical Biblical Institute
Andrew Blaski, University of Edinburgh: Jews, Christians, and the Conditions of Christological Interpretation in Origen’s Work
Gerald Bostock: Origen’s Unique Doctrine of the Trinity: Its Jewish and Egyptian Sources
Gianluca Piscini, François Rabelais University: Trois versions de Phinees. Nombres 25,7-13 dans la tradition alexandrine (Philon, Origène, Cyrille)

11:15 Session 17: Room 501
Chair: Hillel Newman, University of Haifa
Marc Hirshman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Origen, Copyists and Books of Aggada
Jessica van ‘t Westeinde, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen: Jerome and his Jewish Relations in the Holy Land
Mark James, Fordham University: Hermeneutic Reason in Origen and the Ishmaelean Midrash
13:00 Lunch (for conference participants)

14:15 Session 18, Panel: Room 501
Anders-Christian Jacobsen, Aarhus University: Body and Soul in Origen’s Theology
Alfons Fürst, University of Münster: Body and Soul in Origen’s Theology
Elisa Zocchi, University of Münster: “Where the Human Senses Become Spiritual, Faith Becomes Sensory”:
Corporeality and Spiritual Senses in Balthasar’s Reading of Origen 

Lenka Karfikova, Charles University in Prague: Is Romans 9:11 a Proof for or Against the Soul’s Preexistence? Origen and Augustine in Comparison

14:15 Session 19: Room 403
Chair: Robin D. Young, Catholic University of America
John Zaleski, Harvard University: “The Nous is the Head of the Soul”: Remaking Origen’s and Evagrius’s
Anthropology for the Church of the East

Leszek Misiarczyk, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw: Origen as a Source of Evagrian Eight Passionate Thoughts
Monica Tobon, Franciscan International Study Center: Sins and the Flesh: Evagrius, Jerusalem and the krisis of Christ

14:15 Session 20: Room 405
Chair: David Satran, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Christian Hengstermann, Cambridge University: Voluntas et propositum: The Notion of Will in Jerome’s and Rufinus’s Translations of Origen’s On First Principles and the Commentary on Romans
Maurizio Girolami, Facoltà Teologica del Triveneto: Bible and /or Tradition in the Works of Origen, Rufinus, and Jerome
Justin Lee, Durham University: “Seek and Ye Shall Find”: Rufinus and the Search for Origen’s Trinitarian

16:00 Break

16:30 Session 21, Plenary Lecture: Room 405
Chair: Oded Irshai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Aaron Johnson, Lee University: Cities Divine and Demonic in Eusebius of Caesarea



Wednesday, June 28, Beit Maiersdorf
08:45 Session 22: Room 405
Chair: Alberto Camplani, Sapienza University of Rome
Marie-Odile Boulnois, École pratique des hautes études: Mambré: Du chêne de la vision au lieu de pèlerinage
Nikolaos Kouremenos, The Center for the Study of Christianity, The Hebrew University: The Interpretation of the Song of Songs in Shenute’s “As I Sat on a Mountain”: Examining the Influence of Origen’s Hermeneutic Principles on Coptic Literature

9:00 Session 23: Room 403
Chair: Haim Goldfus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Vladimir Baranov, Novosibirsk State University of Architecture, Design and Arts: First Responses to Iconoclasm in Byzantium and Origen’s Tradition: The Cases of Constantinople and Palestine
Irina Tamarkina, The Center for the Study of Christianity, The Hebrew University: Sharing Places and Dividing Memories: Space, Memory and Community in the Miaphysite and Chalcedonian Polemics of the Fifth and Sixth Centuries

10:00 Session 24, Plenary Lecture: Room 405
Chair: Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Robin D. Young, Catholic University of America: The Fragmentation and Reapplication of Origen’s Psalms
Homilies: Evagrius’ Psalms Scholia and the Rereading of an Interpretive Collection

10:50 Break

11:15 Session 25: Room 405
Chair: Maren Niehoff, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Marco Rizzi, Catholic University of Milan: Philosophical Eclecticism and Grammatical Exegesis at Origen’s School in Caesarea
Anna Kharanauli, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University: Hexapla: Ekdosis of Alexandrian Grammarian “Made in Caesarea”
Pedro Daniel Fernández, Catholic University of Cuyo: Alexandrie et Césarée: La continuité de l’itinéraire pédagogique d’Origène


11:15 Session 26: Room 501
Chair: Yitzhak Hen, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Harald Buchinger, University of Regensburg: Pascha and Biblical Feasts in the Newly Identified Homilies on the Psalms and in the Larger Origenian and Palestinian Framework
Natia Mirotadze, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University: Georgian Versions of I Samuel: Witnesses for the Hexaplaric Readings
Elizabeth Dively Lauro: History and Context of Origen’s Relation of the Two Seraphim to the Son and Holy Spirit

11:15 Session 27: Room 403
Chair: Aryeh Kofsky, University of Haifa
Zachary Keith, Catholic University of America: Riding on the Heads of Dragons: Origen’s Scriptural Influence in Saint John of Damascus
Dimitrios Zaganas, University of Leuven: Origen’s Legacy in the Hexaemeron of Anastasius of Sinai: A First Assessment
Raffaele Tondini, University of Padua: Photius as Origen’s reader (and editor)
13:00 Lunch (for conference participants)

14:15 Session 28: Room 405
Chair: Annewies van den Hoek, Harvard University
Samuel Johnson, University of Notre Dame: “To Preserve the Words of Moses”: The Sacrifice of the Law in Origen’s Homilies on Leviticus
Maria Fallica, Sapienza University of Rome: On the Resurrection of the Body: Origen’s Shadow in the Debates Between Lelio Sozzini, John Calvin and Heinrich Bullinger
Yonatan Moss, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “Oil Emptied Out”: Transformations in Late Ancient Understandings of Kenosis and the Revelation of Torah


14:15 Session 29: Panel: Room 403
Sergey Trostyanskiy, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York: Time and Eternity in Origen of Alexandria’s Conception of God the Word’s Generation
Anna Zhyrkova, Ignatianum University in Kraków: Philosophical Premises of Origen’s Teaching on Christ as an Ontological Unity
Marcin Podbielski, Ignatianum University in Kraków: Evagrius of Pontus and the Gnostic Principle of Mathetic Identity

14:15 Session 30: Room 501
Chair: Adele Monaci, University of Turin
David Satran, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “What Friend is not to be Feared as a Future Enemy?”: Thoughts on the First Origenist Controversy (393-403)
Nikolai Lipatov-Chicherin, University of Birmingham: Tradition about Adam’s Burial on Golgotha and the Origenist Controversy of the Late Fourth Century
Annette Von Stockhausen, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities: The Synod of Jerusalem (a. 400) in the Anti-Origenist “Letter Dossier” of Jerome
16:00 Break

16:30 Closing Plenary Session: Room 405
Chair: Lorenzo Perrone, University of Bologna
Andrew Cain, University of Colorado: Jerome’s Appropriation of Origen in his Pauline Commentaries and the Architecture of Exegetical Authority
Hillel Newman, University of Haifa: Jerome in the Holy Land: The Legacy of Origen and the Legacy
of the Jews Proposals for Origeniana XIII

Closing Reception


Thursday, June 29
7:00 Excursion to Caesarea, guided by Hillel Newman and Joseph Patrich. Estimated
time of return to Jerusalem: 16:00-17:00.



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