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The Vision of Didymus the Blind: A Fourth-Century Virtue-Origenism

Grant D. Bayliss


A broad reading of the theological and exegetical works of Didymus the Blind suggests he is best understood not in terms of older ‘Alexandrian’/‘Antiochene’ paradigms but as a proponent of ‘virtue-Origenism’. An independent teacher, based in Alexandria throughout the second half of the fourth century, Didymus appealed to many within the broadly Origenist currents of Egyptian asceticism, including Jerome, Rufinus, and Evagrius. His commentaries, lecture-notes, and theological treatises show him committed to the legacy of Origen and Philo, rather than a broader ‘Alexandrian’ or noetic reading of ... More

Keywords: Didymus, Origen, anagogical exegesis, theology, Alexandrian, sin, passion, virtue, Nicene

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grant D. Bayliss, author
Lecturer in Liturgy and Patristics, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford