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Räddning, men som genom eld. Hieronymus och Augustinus uppgörelse med Origenes som bakgrund till Beda Venerabilis syn på straff och rening efter döden.

Pålsson, Katarina LU (2015) KRMM73 20142
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Abstract
The main purpose of this thesis has been to investigate the possible influence that Origen's eschatology, and above all his teaching of apokatastasis, has had for the Venerable Bede's teachings on postmortem purgation and punishment of the soul. The general question behind the work is what importance Origen's teachings has had for the later doctrine of Purgatory. I have limited the investigation to an early stage in the development of the idea.
I have chosen to investigate what Bede could have learned about Origen's teachings from his reading of the fathers. His use of Jerome's and Augustine's writings was extensive. Both these writers were engaged in polemical contexts which were directly or indirectly connected with Origenism. An... (More)
The main purpose of this thesis has been to investigate the possible influence that Origen's eschatology, and above all his teaching of apokatastasis, has had for the Venerable Bede's teachings on postmortem purgation and punishment of the soul. The general question behind the work is what importance Origen's teachings has had for the later doctrine of Purgatory. I have limited the investigation to an early stage in the development of the idea.
I have chosen to investigate what Bede could have learned about Origen's teachings from his reading of the fathers. His use of Jerome's and Augustine's writings was extensive. Both these writers were engaged in polemical contexts which were directly or indirectly connected with Origenism. An important theory in this thesis is that the refutation of "heretical" views by "orthodox" writers often implicate a certain extent of acceptance, since what the critic does, rather than totally reject the view, is to give a correction of it and an alternative to it.
Jerome's and Augustine's responses to Origen and related eschatological views function as a background to the analysis of Bede's works. The questions I ask are: Can an influence from Origenist eschatology be found in Bede's views on the purgation and punishment of the soul, and its possibility of being saved? If so, wherein does the influence consist, and what significance may Jerome's and Augustine's polemical works have had?
I have chosen to analyse texts from Jerome and Augustine, which deal with subjects as postmortem purgation and punishment, and in addition have a clearly polemical purpose. What is most interesting is what consequences the refutation of Origen and connected views had for Jerome's and Augustine's eschatological theories. After analysing the texts of Bede, I have compared the results of this analysis with the results of the previous analyses, to be able to draw conclusions on Bede's dependence on the earlier writers for his knowledge of Origen.
My conclusion is that an Origenist influence certainly can be found in Bede's views on postmortem purgation and punishment, but that this does not have to do so much with his own response to Origen's universalism, as with his dependence on Jerome's anti-origenist polemics. Both Jerome and Augustine contributed to the later doctrine of Purgatory above all in their polemical works, in which they by categorisations and definitions of sins and sinners limited the possibility of being cleansed and forgiven after death, in response to more inclusive views on salvation. (Less)
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Pålsson, Katarina LU
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KRMM73 20142
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Postmortem purgation, Purgatory, Origenist Controversy, universalism, misericordes, Jerome, Augustine, the Venerable Bede.
language
Swedish
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5156026
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I have chosen to investigate what Bede could have learned about Origen's teachings from his reading of the fathers. His use of Jerome's and Augustine's writings was extensive. Both these writers were engaged in polemical contexts which were directly or indirectly connected with Origenism. An important theory in this thesis is that the refutation of "heretical" views by "orthodox" writers often implicate a certain extent of acceptance, since what the critic does, rather than totally reject the view, is to give a correction of it and an alternative to it.
Jerome's and Augustine's responses to Origen and related eschatological views function as a background to the analysis of Bede's works. The questions I ask are: Can an influence from Origenist eschatology be found in Bede's views on the purgation and punishment of the soul, and its possibility of being saved? If so, wherein does the influence consist, and what significance may Jerome's and Augustine's polemical works have had?
I have chosen to analyse texts from Jerome and Augustine, which deal with subjects as postmortem purgation and punishment, and in addition have a clearly polemical purpose. What is most interesting is what consequences the refutation of Origen and connected views had for Jerome's and Augustine's eschatological theories. After analysing the texts of Bede, I have compared the results of this analysis with the results of the previous analyses, to be able to draw conclusions on Bede's dependence on the earlier writers for his knowledge of Origen.
My conclusion is that an Origenist influence certainly can be found in Bede's views on postmortem purgation and punishment, but that this does not have to do so much with his own response to Origen's universalism, as with his dependence on Jerome's anti-origenist polemics. Both Jerome and Augustine contributed to the later doctrine of Purgatory above all in their polemical works, in which they by categorisations and definitions of sins and sinners limited the possibility of being cleansed and forgiven after death, in response to more inclusive views on salvation.},
  author       = {Pålsson, Katarina},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Räddning, men som genom eld. Hieronymus och Augustinus uppgörelse med Origenes som bakgrund till Beda Venerabilis syn på straff och rening efter döden.},
  year         = {2015},
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