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Origeniana XII: "Origen´s legacy in the Holy Land. A Tale of Three Cities: Jerusalem, Caesarea


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 Orthodoxy 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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