The Place of Prayer: Origenís On Prayer as Map and Territory

Nancy R. Heisey


A visit to an Egyptian monastery pushes Nancy R. Heisey to reflect on how the practice of prayer represented in traditions of that place might encourage her practice of prayer as scholar. This reflection leads to a conversation between Origenís On Prayer, a third-century Egyptian Christian text, and contemporary writings on place of Jonathan Z. Smith, Sam Gill, and Philip Sheldrake. Origenís work is seen as both map, in its commentary on the Lordís Prayer, and territory, in Origenís description of unceasing prayer as everyday ethical practice. This latter challenge is repeated in the Sayings of the Fathers. Ms. Heisey is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Church History at Eastern Mennonite University.


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