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TITLE Mystical Texts: Origen’s Commentary on the Song of Songs

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION St. Jerome held that while Origen surpassed all writers in his other books, in his Song of Songs he surpassed himself! Origen's Commentary, on the Song of Songs can be considered the first great work of Christian mysticism. Characterized by an extraordinary richness of thought and a great depth of mystical knowledge, it influenced, both directly and indirectly, the language and experience of all Christian mystics. The study-unit aims at introducing Origen’s incomplete commentary on the Biblical Song of Songs, while giving also the opportunity to appreciate both the literary and spiritual beauty of this mystical text.

Study-Unit Aims:

At the end of the study-unit, the participants will be encouraged:
- To study of one of the major authors of Christianity.
- To appreciate and interpret mystical texts starting from the literary style proceeding to the deeper meaning by providing an in-depth analysis of a key text that interprets the biblical Song of Songs.d) to become acquainted with the use of erotic language and imagery in mystical text.

Reading List:

- ORIGEN, The Song of Songs, Commentary and Homilies (Ancient Christian Writers), translated by T.C. Lawler, New York: Paulist Press.
- KING, J. Christopher, "Origen on the Song of Song- s as the Spirit of Scripture: The Bridegroom’s Perfect Marriage-Song", Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

A comprehensive bibliography will be distributed in class and on moodle.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Charlo Camilleri

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