I’ve found out which Psalm Dr Ramelli is referring to Jason . Here is the note I did on it elsewhere:
‘’This theme of our dignity in freedom is one that Origen found throughout the Bible. Dr Ramelli gave a key example:
When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:28, English Standard Version)
This text speaks of submission of all to Christ, after evil and death (physical and spiritual) cease to exist. This submission must be voluntary. For Origen, freewill was paramount and voluntary submission is the only thing that is worthy of God, for God is not an earthly king who crushes people into submission.’
I’ve finally been able to locate the Psalm of which Dr Ramelli is speaking here. She is referring to the first two lines of what is Psalm 62 in most modern Bibles translated from the Hebrew Masoretic text, but is Psalm 61 in the Septuagint Greek translation used by Origen, Gregory Nyssen and most of the time by the New Testament writers too. English translations of the Masoretic text here speak of the soul resting in the God of salvation (NIV), or waiting for the God of salvation in silence (ESV). However, a translation of the Septuagint has a slightly different emphasis
‘’Shall not my soul be subject to God?
For from him is my deliverance ‘’
From these words Origen concluded that the subjection of all to Christ in 1 Corinthians 15:28 must mean the salvation of all – because subjection to God is the same thing as deliverance/salvation.
Furthermore, Dr Ramelli says in her ‘Social Justice and the Legitimacy of Slavery’ (p.210) that:
Origen, like Gregory after him, draws a sharp distinction between being a slave of/ subjected to a human person and being a slave of/subjected to God. While the former bears a negative connotation, the latter is decidedly good. For serving God does not mean that God needs help or that we are diminished in our dignity, as is the case with serving humans, but it means receiving a benefit and becoming ‘without afflictions or passions’ (Contra Celsum 8.8.)
Origen makes the repeated claim that submission to God , as opposed to submission to humans , is voluntary and coincides with salvation (E.g. Commentary on John 6.295-6; Peri Archon 1.1.6; 3.5.6-7)
Origen insists that Christ recommends the subversion of any logic of power. The highest ought to be slaves of all (Commentary on Matthew 16.8.). Gregory extended this insight to teach that followers of Christ should overturn every logic and institution of power and oppression and chiefly to overturn the human institution of slavery.