Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume IV/Origen/Origen Against Celsus/Book II/Chapter LIV

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Chapter LIV.

After this, forsooth, the Jew of Celsus, to keep up the character assigned to the Jew from the beginning, in his address to those of his countrymen who had become believers, says:  “By what, then, were you induced (to become his followers)?  Was it because he foretold that after his death he would rise again?”  Now this question, like the others, can be retorted upon Moses.  For we might say to the Jew:  “By what, then, were you induced (to become the follower of Moses)?  Was it because he put on record the following statement about his own death:  ‘And Moses, the servant of the Lord died there, in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord; and they buried him in Moab, near the house of Phogor: and no one knoweth his sepulchre until this day?’”[1]  For as the Jew casts discredit upon the statement, that “Jesus foretold that after His death He would rise again,” another person might make a similar assertion about Moses, and would say in reply, that Moses also put on record (for the book of Deuteronomy is his composition) the statement, that “no one knoweth his sepulchre until this day,” in order to magnify and enhance the importance of his place of burial, as being unknown to mankind.


  1. Cf. Deut. xxxiv. 5, 6.