29 Sermons in Greek on the Psalms by Origen


On June 11, 2012, the Bavarian State Library announced the spectacular discovery of 29 sermons on the psalms by Origen, or Origenes, of Alexandria (184 or 185‒253 or 254). This discovery occurred in the course of the cataloging work on Greek manuscripts from the library of Johann Jakob Fugger. Previously, only nine of Origen’s homilies were known, and only in the Latin translation of Rufinus (340/345–410): five on Psalm 36, two on Psalm 37, and two more on Psalm 38. Thanks to the identification of the contents of Codex graecus 314, a parchment manuscript of 371 leaves copied in the first half of the 12th century, four homilies on Psalm 36 now are available in the original Greek as well. In addition, another 25 hitherto unknown homilies were newly discovered: on Psalm 15 (two homilies), Psalm 67 (two homilies), Psalm 73 (three homilies), Psalms 74, 75 and 76 (four homilies), Psalm 77 (nine homilies), Psalm 80 (two homilies), and Psalm 81. The discovery of 2012 was the most important find since 1941, when excerpts from works of Origen and two previously unknown plants were identified in the Tura papyri.

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Title in Original Language

Originale griechische Predigten zu den Psalmen

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Physical Description

372 folios, parchment


  • This description of the work was written by Claudia Fabian.
  • BSB shelfmark: Cod.graec. 314

Last updated: December 11, 2017