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3 7 These are the only distinctions which Origen can for certain be said to draw between Jew and Jew. Jewish converts to 33 Christianity are, as we should expect, referred to as hoi apo Hebraion. 3 s Of Ioudaizontes something will be said below;3 9 they were either Christians who affected Jewish ways or Jewish converts who persisted in adhering to the observance of the commandments. Jewish institutions The most important information Origen has to offer about the Jewish institutions of his day concerns the Patriarchate.

He says that in expounding a difficult passage of the Bible the churchman will first enquire of Hebrew tradition, 4 9 and he provides several explicit examples of his own enquiries on specific questions. D. Barthelemy concludes from an investigation of the biblical quotations in certain texts of Philo copied at Caesarea that he had one or more Jews working in his scriptorium, 5 0 and this would help to explain simply how Origen 21 managed to include the Hebrew text of the Bible with a Greek transliteration in his Hexapla.

The Jewish traditions were clearly important to him. He says that in expounding a difficult passage of the Bible the churchman will first enquire of Hebrew tradition, 4 9 and he provides several explicit examples of his own enquiries on specific questions. D. Barthelemy concludes from an investigation of the biblical quotations in certain texts of Philo copied at Caesarea that he had one or more Jews working in his scriptorium, 5 0 and this would help to explain simply how Origen 21 managed to include the Hebrew text of the Bible with a Greek transliteration in his Hexapla.

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