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Origen (c. 185–254 CE) was born into a Christian family in Alexandria, the Greek, Egyptian, and Jewish city at the edge of Egypt, circa 185 CE. As a young man he instructed catechumens in preparation for baptism. He made several journeys and was asked to mediate in controversies about the Christian faith. After a conflict with his bishop in Alexandria, he settled in Caesarea Maritima in Palestine, where he had been o…

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Roukema, Riemer, “Origen”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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