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Anders-Christian Jacobsen

Associate professor of theology

Department of Culture and Society

Aarhus University.

I have worked on different aspects of Origen’s theology for many years. My interests have been concentrated on Origen’s theological anthropology, his theology of creation, his Christology and his eschatology, cf. the selected bibliography below. For the moment I am writing a book on Origen’s Christology.

I am director of the research programme Classical Antiquity and of the Centre for the Study of Antiquity and Christianity (C-SAC) at the Faculty of Arts. We are about 25-30 scholars, including doctoral and postdoctoral students, who work on different projects within the fields of theology, history of religion, classical philology, classical archaeology and ancient history. We have had major research projects on early Jewish and Christian apologetics, on holy texts in antiquity and late antiquity, and for the moment we are running a project on conversion and initiation in antiquity and late antiquity.

My main areas of teaching are patristics and dogmatics.


My contribution to Origen studies

Allegorical interpretation of places in Origen's homilies on the book of Joshua, in: Religion and Theology, Vol. 17, Nr. 3-4, 2011, pp. 289-301.

Christology in the Homilies of Origen, in: Origeniana Nona. Origen and the Religious Practice of his Time: Papers of the 9th International Origen Congress, Pécs, Hungary, 29 August - 2 September 2005. Edited by György Heidl ; Robert Somos. Vol. 1 Leuven : Peeters, 2009, pp. 637-651.

Normative structures in Origen's biblical exegesis, in: Religion and Normativity. The Discursive Fight over Religious Texts in Antiquity.  Edited by Anders-Christian Jacobsen. Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2009. pp. 143-157.

Freedom and Providence in Origen's Theology, in: Church Studies, Nr. 4, 2008, pp. 65-77.

Genesis 1-3 as Source for the Anthropology of Origen, in: Vigiliae Christianae, Nr. 62, 2008, pp. 213-232.

Apologetics in Origen, in: Three Greek Apologists / Drei griechische Apologeten: Origen, Eusebius, and Athanasius / Origenes, Eusebius and Athanasius.  Edited by David Brakke ; Jörg Ulrich ; Anders-Christian Jacobsen. Frankfurt : Peter Lang, 2007, pp. 11-47 (Early Christianity in the Context of Antiquity; 3).

The Constitution of Man According to Irenaeus and Origen, in: Legeme og sjæl: Aspekter af senantik antropologi. Edited by Barbara Feichtinger ; Stephen Lake ; Helmut Seng. München : K.G. Saur Verlag, 2006, pp. 67-94.

Logos - Physician and Teacher: Christology and Soteriology in Contra Celsum, in: Adamantius. Journal of the Italian Research Group on "Origen and the Alexandrian Tradition", Nr. 9, 2003, pp. 78-94.

Origen on the human body, in: Origeniana Octava. Edited by d. Lorenzo Perrone, Leuven : Uitgeverij Peters, 2003, pp. 649-656.

Kødets opstandelse? Mennesket og målet hos Irenæus og Origenes (The resurrection of the flesh? Man and eschatology in Irenaeus and Origen), monograph, København : Anis, 2002. 320 p.

A full bibliography and curriculum vitae can be found at: http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/persons/anderschristian-jacobsen(e927d95b-1601-4a58-b215-276b37a3c73f).html