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Title: Origens Repentance: After he had Sacrificed to the Idols of the Heathen. Gathered From Suidas, Nicephorus, Osiander, and the Greeke and Latine Coppies in Origens Works; Illustrated and applied to the case of every poor penitent, who in remorse of soule, shall have recourse to the Throne of Grace. Divided into three Sections: Containing 1 Origens fearefull fall. 2 His behaviour in it. 3 His worthy and sound Conversion. Together with Orignes Life and Death, and other materiall observations. Written by Stephen Jerom, Mast of Arts, and Preacher of the Towne of Newcastle; first for his owne exercise, and now published for the good of others.
Description: London Printed by John Beale, for Roger Jackson, and are to be sold at his Shope neere Fleet-Conduit. 1619. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. Small 4to, 167 x 118 mms., pp. [xx], 63 [64 blank], with the ownership inscription "John Brand 1799" on the title-page and a further inscription towards the bottom of the title-page, with Brand's Lincoln College bookplate pasted on the lower part of the Contents page, bound in 19th century hard-grain black morocco, gilt borders on covers, gilt spine; text a bit soiled, most leaves closely shaved with consequent loss of portions of the marginal notes, edges soiled, verso of last leaf soiled. The name on the title-page is that of the Newcastle antiquary John Brand ( (1744-1806), F. S. A., who was also a poet; the annotation at the bottom on the title-page is probably also his hand, because the reference is to his own History and Antiquities of the Town and County of the Town of Newcastle upon Tyne (London, 1789). The Christian ascetic, theologian, and scholar, Origen (Origen Adamantius, c. 184/ 185 - 253/254) is often remembered for an anecdote to the effect that he castrated himself, which Gibbon accepted as true; the story derives from the account of Origen by Eusebius, but historians and scholars line up on both sides of the matter. He was one of the earliest and best Biblical textual critics, his best work being the Hexapla, a comparative study of various translations of the Old Testament. Jerome's work is presented in three sections, each consisting of six line stanzas, rhyming ABABCC. N. R. M. de Lange, in Origen and the Jews: Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations in Third-Century Palestine (1975) claims that "Origen holds a key position in the history of the relations between Jews and Christians [and that] special attention must be paid to the debate between Church and Synagogue as it manifests itself in Origen's work." Jerome (fl. 1604–1650) had a promising career as a young puritan preacher until, as ODNB records that he was, "caught in flagrante with the wife of one of his parishioners—being 'deprehended by her husband and by another with his points uncuffed etc. and ready for the wicked act, in her house'—he then frustrated efforts to hush up the scandal by returning to try to seduce the woman another four or five times, 'besides', as the local puritan minister, Robert Jenison, put it, 'shrewd presumptions of fouler matters with his own maid-servants.'" ESTC S107760: BL, Bodleian National Library of Wales, York Minster; Folger, Huntington, Yale. OCLC adds Cambridge, Victoria and Albert. Jerome's Origens Repentance has a long history of being regarded as a wildly rare book of early English poetry: DNB called it "of great rarity" (); Ambrose Barnes, the seventeenth-century Newcastle alderman, deemed it "of the highest rarity" (W. H. D. Longstaffe, ed., Memoirs of the Life of Ambrose Barnes, Late Merchant and Sometime Alderman of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1867, p. 305).

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