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Μέσος ὑμῶν ἕστηκϵν Origen's Four Definitions of μέσος and His Application of John 1:26 to Theological Anthropology

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jats:titleAbstract</jats:title> jats:pThis article lays out Origen’s anthropological application of John 1:26. In particular, it examines the way in which Origen pairs the phrase “one whom you do not know has stood in your midst (<jats:styled-content xml:lang="el-Grek">μέσος ὑμῶν</jats:styled-content>)” with the Stoic jats:italicterminus technicus</jats:italic> “governing faculty” (<jats:styled-content xml:lang="el-Grek">ἡγεμονικόν</jats:styled-content>) through an identification of <jats:styled-content xml:lang="el-Grek">μέσος</jats:styled-content> with soul. This identification assumes that <jats:styled-content xml:lang="el-Grek">μέσος</jats:styled-content> refers to the soul and that references to the soul apply to the governing faculty. The former stands upon Origen’s four-fold interpretation of <jats:styled-content xml:lang="el-Grek">μέσος</jats:styled-content>; the latter is an assumption based in Stoic psychology. This article begins with an examination of how Origen connects <jats:styled-content xml:lang="el-Grek">μέσος</jats:styled-content> to soul and, subsequently, soul to the governing faculty. Next, it examines Origen’s engagement with John 1:26 in his jats:italicCommentary on John</jats:italic>. Finally, the article discusses the various ways in which Origen interprets this verse in his other works.</jats:p>

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5004 Religious Studies, 5005 Theology, 50 Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Vigiliae Christianae

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0042-6032
1570-0720

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77

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Brill