The Bible in the Iberian World: Fundaments of a Religious Melting Pot

Córdoba (España) : 12-15 juillet

Call for papers
deadline: 15 mars 2015

Cordoba, the next city to host the Annual Meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies, represents par excellence the history of religious co-existence. Over the centuries, the city, similarly to what happened in the broader Iberian world, was a space where inter-religious exchanges between Christians, Muslims, and Jews were possible. These people, albeit the natural religious differences, shared the same space, and similar imageries and expectations. Therefore, this year, this group wants to explore some of the different perspectives regarding religious encounters and moments/episodes of confrontation within the Iberian World. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the manuscript transmission of religious ideas and beliefs and its literary tradition, and the material and intellectual legacy of the different religious groups that led to determining Iberian politics and historical events.

Although we are open to all papers regarding religion in the Iberian World, we would particularly invite you to submit to the following units:

Iberian Religious Manuscripts: production, reception, and transmission

The production of manuscripts of religious nature is a very important characteristic of Christian, Muslim and Jews tradition, playing a decisive role in the definition of each groups’ canon. This session aims to discuss the canonical and heterodox facets of the religious literature produced within the Iberian world, and to analyze, the circulation and reception in different environments of the produced manuscripts. Papers exploring the production, reception, and transmission of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious texts (bibles, religious literature, Kabbalah, liturgy books, religious instructions, hagiography, iconography, exegesis, etc.) within the Iberian world are welcomed.

Cultural and Intellectual legacy of Iberian Religious Minorities

This session focuses on the “legacies” of religious minorities found in the Iberian Peninsula, and how they transformed themselves, and were transformed, when later dispersed into the Mediterranean and the Atlantic during Iberian early modern Expansion. Papers should explore the cultural and intellectual production resulting from interreligious contacts and found still today in, for example, archaeology, literature, philosophy, medicine, philology, music, and popular culture. Furthermore, we welcome papers underlining the acculturation processes between Christian, Muslim (mozarabes, mudéjar and moriscos), and Jewish (conversos and New Christians).

The Bible as the Explanation Behind Iberian Imperialism and Expansion

This is a joint session with SBL’s groups Bible and its Influence: History and Impact and Bible and Empire. As the title suggests, our aim is to analyze the reasoning based on biblical texts and the pope’s authority used by Portuguese and Spanish to justify their overseas enterprise, and in particular, their colonization of new territories. In the Cordoba meeting, we welcome papers that explore the biblical arguments used by both parties (crusade, Treaty of Tordesillas and mare clausum, evangelization and reaching of a universal religion that would allow the end of the world to take place, etc.) to justify their overseas presence, conquest, and colonization.

Contact :
Ana T. Valdez, Yale University –
Ricardo Muñoz, University of Salamanca –

Source : EABS

Gregory Crane: June 1914 and Philology for the 21st Century

Gregory Crane: June 1914 and Philology for the 21st Century

Gregory CraneOn the sidelines of the workshop about text-reuse (see held from June 2 to 4,
Gregory Crane, head of the Perseus Project at Tufts University, holder of The Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig which launched the Open Philology Project, gave a public lecture on Tuesday, 3rd June 2014 at the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée in Lyon.

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June 1914 and Philology for the 21st Century

We are approaching the one hundred year anniversary of the First World War. Philology was never more prestigious than it was a century ago but what what, if anything, did it do to counteract the threads of nationalism that led to the disasters of the twentieth century? Far as Europe has come a hundred years later, the vast majority of those who engage with historical languages such as Greek and Latin are secondary school students – at least 3 million of them across Europe – who experience these languages in their national languages and in isolation from their counterparts across linguistic, if not national, boundaries. We are, however, now poised to develop a new philology, one optimized for a global society, with editions designed to serve many linguistic and cultural communities. Digital technologies provide enabling mechanisms for this new philology but a global philology requires as well a new conception of the relationship between professionalized scholarship and human society, both within Europe and beyond. We have many technological opportunities but the major task before us to assess what sort of scholarly community we wish to support. We have a chance to develop a global republic of letters, one that fosters a true dialogue across civilizations but we must make decisions in the present if we are to pursue changes in the future. This talk goes over possibilities and challenges involved.

New book : Peter W. Martens, Origen and Scripture: The Contours of the Exegetical Life, Oxford University Press, 2012, 352 pp, $125.

“Scriptural interpretatioPeter W. Martens, Origen and Scripturen was an important form of scholarship for Christians in late antiquity. For no one does this claim ring more true than Origen of Alexandria (185-254), one of the most prolific scholars of Scripture in early Christianity. This book examines his approach to the Bible through a biographical lens: the focus is on his account of the scriptural interpreter, the animating centre of the exegetical enterprise. In pursuing this largely neglected line of inquiry, Peter W. Martens discloses the contours of Origen’s sweeping vision of scriptural exegesis as a way of life. For Origen, ideal interpreters were far more than philologists steeped in the skills conveyed by Greco-Roman education. Their profile also included a commitment to Christianity from which they gathered a spectrum of loyalties, guidelines, dispositions, relationships and doctrines that tangibly shaped how they practiced and thought about their biblical scholarship. The study explores the many ways in which Origen thought ideal scriptural interpreters (himself included) embarked upon a way of life, indeed a way of salvation, culminating in the everlasting contemplation of God. This new and integrative thesis takes seriously how the discipline of scriptural interpretation was envisioned by one of its pioneering and most influential practitioners.”

Click here for a discussion with Peter W. Martens on his book



Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish and Early Christian Studies

Leiden: Brill, 2013.
Edited by Claire Clivaz, University of Lausanne, Andrew Gregory, University of Oxford and David Hamidović, University of Lausanne,
in collaboration with Sara Schulthess, University of Lausanne
“Ancient texts, once written by hand on parchment and papyrus, are now increasingly discoverable online in newly digitized editions, and their readers now work online as well as in traditional libraries. So what does this mean for how scholars may now engage with these texts, and for how the disciplines of biblical, Jewish and Christian studies might develop? These are the questions that contributors to this volume address. Subjects discussed include textual criticism, palaeography, philology, the nature of ancient monotheism, and how new tools and resources such as blogs, wikis, databases and digital publications may transform the ways in which contemporary scholars engage with historical sources. Contributors attest to the emergence of a conscious recognition of something new in the way that we may now study ancient writings, and the possibilities that this new awareness raises.”


Part one: Digitized manuscripts

The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library. The Digitization Project of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Pnina Shor)
Dead Sea Scrolls inside Digital Humanities. A Sample (David Hamidović)
The Electronic Scriptorium: Markup for New Testament Manuscripts (Hugh Houghton)
Digital Arabic Gospels Corpus (Elie Dannaoui)
The Role of the Internet in New Testament Textual Criticism: The Example of the Arabic Manuscripts of the New Testament (Sara Schulthess)
The Falasha Memories Project. Digitalization of the Manuscript BNF, Ethiopien d’Abbadie 107 (Charlotte Touati)

Part two: Digital academic research and publishing

The Seventy and Their 21st-Century Heirs. The Prospects for Digital Septuagint Research (Juan Garcés)
Digital Approaches to the Study of Ancient Monotheism (Ory Amitay)
Internet Networks and Academic Research: The Example of the New Testament Textual Criticism (Claire Clivaz)
New Ways of Searching with Biblindex, the Online Index of Biblical Quotations in Early Christian Literature (Laurence Mellerin)
Aspects of Polysemy in Biblical Greek. A Preliminary Study for a New Lexicographical Resource (Romina Vergari)
Publishing Digitally at the University Press? A Reader’s Perspective (Andrew Gregory)
Does Biblical Studies Deserve to Be an Open Source Discipline? (Russell Hobson)


The Czech Patristic Society and the Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, are organizing an international colloquium on Clement of Alexandria, focused on Clement´s Biblical Exegesis.

 The colloquium will take place in Prague/Olomouc, Czech Republic (will be specified soon), on May 29-31, 2014.
Working languages will be English, French, German and Italian.

Conference home‐page: 

The home‐page will be updated continuously.


 Four main lectures will introduce the conference:

·         Alain Le Boulluec: L’interprétation de la Bible et le genre symbolique selon Clément

·         Annewies van den Hoek: Relationship between OT and NT in Clement

·         Judith Kovacs: Clement´s interpretation of Paul´s letters.

·         Marco Rizzi: Patterns of Biblical exegesis in Clement

 The programme has five main themes:

  1. Theoretic basis of the interpretation of Scripture; comparison between Clement and Philo; Clement and Origen; relations between rational demonstration and use of the Bible in search of the truth;
  2. relation between OT and NT in Clement;
  3. Clement and OT (Clement´s Greek Bible; interpretation of individual books of OT);
  4. Clement and NT (Clement´s text of NT; interpretation of individual books of NT);
  5. different ways of use of Scripture in individual Clement´s works.

 You are cordially invited to submit a proposal for a presentation (of approximately 30 minutes) or short communication (15 minutes). In order to maintain the thematic coherence of the conference it would be appreciated if suggested themes for contributions related to the above mentioned themes.

 The dead-line for submissions is January 20, 2014.

The submission should include a title and a summary of your presentation and should be sent to the following e-mail address: We will answer your suggestions continuously and not later than by February 15, 2014.

 Kindly extend this invitation to other scholars who might be interested to participate.

Doctoral students working on a topic relevant to the theme of the colloquium are also welcome.


The normal conference fee will be 200 Euro. This fee will cover participation in all sessions of the conference, all meals (except breakfast), welcome reception, social programme and other events connected to the conference.

The organisers are constantly applying for more funding for the conference. We are almost sure that this will enable us to reduce the fee at least for students and younger scholars, and hopefully also the general fee. We will provide more information about this at the home‐page.




The Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts is a research centre attached to St. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University Olomouc. You may learn about the Centre, its projects, activities and publications at the following address:

The Czech Patristic Society is a local branch of the International Association of Patristic Studies (IAPS/AIEP). The President of the Czech Patristic Society is Professor Lenka Karfíková (Prague). You may learn about the society and its activities at the following address:


The conference is organized by Veronika Cernuskova, Jana Platova and Vit Husek.


All communication may be addressed to Vit Husek and sent to

 Veronika Cernuskova

Jana Platova

Vit Husek

Vit Husek, Th.D.

secretary of the Czech Patristic Society
Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts
Czech Republic

Book on early Christianity : The Dead Sea Scrolls and Pauline Literature

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Pauline Literature
Edited by Jean-Sébastien Rey , Université de Lorraine

€121,00   $166.00
ISBN13: 9789004227033
E-ISBN: 9789004230071
Publication Year: 2013

The relationships between Pauline literature and the Dead Sea scrolls have fascinated specialists ever since the latter were first
discovered. Now that all the Qumran scrolls have been published, it is
possible to see more clearly the amplitude and impact of this corpus
on first century Judaism. This book offers some syntheses of the
results obtained in the last decades, and also opens up new
perspectives, by highlighting similarities and indicating possible
relationships between these various writings within Mediterranean
Judaism. In addition, the authors wish to show how certain traditions
spread, evolve and are reconfigured in ancient Judaism as they meet
new religious, cultural and social challenges.

Publication: Biblical Quotations in Patristic Texts

L. Mellerin, H.A.G. Houghton (eds), Biblical Quotations in Patristic Texts, Studia Patristica LIV, vol. 2 (Papers presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2011, M. Vinzent ed.), Leuven-Paris-Walpole, MA 2013.


This fascicle presents papers given at a workshop devoted to biblical quotations in patristic texts at the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford in August 2011, which brought together representatives from four European institutes and research projects active in this field. Additional contributions have been supplied from further initiatives run by two of these institutes: the seminar series of the Institut des Sources Chrétiennes in Lyon and the Seventh Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, held in April 2011, which focussed on Christian writers and the New Testament text.

Did John Chrysostom Quote the Book of Revelation?

One of the main interests of Biblindex concerns the « canon » of the Bible and especially the way the Fathers actually used the books, be them canonical or not. In any case one can try to look at John Chrysostom about a book that is meant to be absent by the Antiochian authors: the Revelation of John.

Relied on the biblical index of the Latin translation in Montfaucon’s edition[1], Ch. Baur’s conclusions[2], supplemented by those of R. E. Carter[3], confirmed that the Antiochian canon observed by John Golden Mouth did not include the Revelation. Biblindex datas, made from the work of the CADP, might allow us to balance these conclusions.

Before that, one should consult the Chrysostom’s Scripture Index compiled by R. A. Krupp[4]. Out of the 9 references to Revelation he found[5], only one is to be taken into account : « The angels, writes the Antiochian while he comments on the « belt of truth » (Eph. 6:14), appear to us girded, for they are soldiers ; once one is girded, one stands firm[6] » ; and the only biblical instance where angels are girded seems to be Rev. 15:6 : οἱ ἄγγελοι… περιεζωσμένοι. The image, however, is too trivial in this case to prove anything.

Let’s turn now to the 11 references to the Revelation given by Biblindex: if we exclude questionable instances[7], 5 of them are still valid, which may be reduced to 3. The « second death » (ὁ δεύτερος θάνατος, Rev. 2:11 ; 20:6.14 ; 21:8) is not verbatim in the Treatise to Theodore, 11, but the idea is: « One should not fear the Devil, or the pitfalls of Demons, or Gehenna, or death, that of the present time or the other death which is much more terrible[8] » – and much more clearly than in Matth. 10:28. In the homily 49, 3 On John, the mention of Satan as a « snake » and as a « dragon[9] » might refer to Is. 27:1 (δράκοντα ὄφιν, i.e. the Leviathan), but Rev. 12:9 (ὁ δράκων ὁ μέγας, ὁ ὄφις ὁ ἀρχαῖος) is a much better reference. The most important case is at the beginning of the third book Adversus oppugnatores vitae monasticae[10], where the wide scene of Judgment Day owes much to the « little apocalypse » in Matthew and to Dan. 7:9-10 – that Chrysostom often cites –, but perhaps to some passages of the Revelation as well. In the following table, one will find the references probably coming from other books livres than Revelation (bold), those that might be from Revelation (underlined) and the ambiguous ones (without any formatting):

Table of Revelation

If we exclude the five ambiguous cases, there still are three disturbing instances: the trumpets in the plural in an apocalyptic context, the angels sent around the world, the armies of angels alongside the judge, all those elements seem to correspond to the Revelation. The book, of course, is not explicitly mentioned, and it is not impossible that Chrysostom had in mind some iconographic representations of angels, of soldiers, of eschatological scenes, or – but this is unlikely – other non-canonical apocalyptic books. Nevertheless, the mere use of popular imagery, to which the Johannine Book of Revelation would contribute, even from some distance, would not be enough to explain the accuracy of certain elements. The book, in any case, should be part not only of the culture of Chrysostom, but also of that of his listeners. So one can wonder to what extent, even though it wasn’t included in the volumes that used to be the current bible books of Antiochians, it circulated anyway.

Although the presence of references does not imply that a book is a canonical one – the Revelation certainly was not, at least at the first degree –, it still shows it was in use in one way or another. If Revelation can really be found by John Chrysostom – the instances above might not give enough evidence  of it –, this would mean that in practice the Book of Revelation would have belonged to a second degree of the canon.

[1] B. de Montfaucon, S. P. N. Joannis Chrysostomi archiespiscopi Constantinopolitani opera omnia quæ exstant, t. 13, Paris, 1738, index locum scripturae sacrae, p. i-lj (at the end of the volume).

[2] Ch. Baur, « Der Kanon des hl. Joh. Chrysostomus », Theologische Quartalschrift 105, 1924, p. 258-271.

[3] R. E. Carter, « The Antiochene Biblical Canon 400 A.D. », Orientalia Christiana Periodica 72, 2006, p. 417-431.

[4] R. A. Krupp, Saint John Chrysostom. A Scripture Index, Lanham – New York – London, 1984.

[5] Ibid, p. 253.

[6] Hom. 23 On Eph., 2, PG 62, 166 : Οἱ ἄγγελοι ἡμῖν ἐζωσμένοι φαίνονται, ἅτε στρατιῶται ὄντες. Ἀπὸ τοῦ περιζώσασθαι, τὸ στῆναι γίνεται γενναίως.

[7] Rev. 4:5 et 14:4 in Comment observer la virginité, 9, ed. J. Dumortier, CUF, Paris, 1955, p. 125 and 127, without any textual contact (as far as φῶς ἀπρόσιτον is concerned, p. 125, Rev. 21:10-11 is much less relevant than 1 Tim. 6:16) ; the book that tastes like honey (Rev. 10:10), PG 55,183.43, is only a parallel to Ez. 3:3, explicitly quoted, and the new skies and the new earth (Is. 65:17) are explicitly quoted in PG 60, 157.24 and 63, 114.18 as well, so that there is  no need to refer to Rev. 21:1.

[8] Οὐκ ἔστιν ἐκεῖ διάϐολον δεῖσαι καὶ δαιμόνων ἐπιϐουλάς, οὐ γεέννης ἀπειλήν, οὐ θάνατον, οὐ τοῦτον τὸν νῦν, οὐ τὸν πολλῷ τούτου χαλεπώτερον ἐκεῖνον : ed. J. Dumortier, SC 117, Paris, 1966, p. 138-139.

[9] Οὗτος καὶ ὄφις καὶ δράκων ἐστι, PG 59, 326.22.

[10] John Chrysostom, Adversus oppugnatores vitae monasticae, III, 1, PG 47, 349-350.

New Ways of Searching with Biblindex: some statistical results

Excerpts from the post-refereed, pre-print version of the following article:

Mellerin, L., New Ways of Searching with Biblindex, the online Index of Biblical Quotations in Early Christian Literature, chapter 11, in Claire Clivaz, Andrew Gregory, David Hamidovic (eds.), Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish and Early Christian Studies, Brill, Leiden 2013, p. 175-192.

Examples of research results which may be obtained with Biblindex.

1. The utility of BIBLINDEX for biblical scholars

1.1. Studying the constitution and history of the canon

Because of the accuracy of its data, BIBLINDEX will make it easier to see
and compare the pre-canonical forms of the Scriptures. Ancient Christianity
did not know a global definitive list of books, and even less a list of
editions or authorized versions. BIBLINDEX can throw light on the spread
of biblical writings in such or such a part of the world to such or such a
period, and thereby highlight the synchronic and diachronic dimensions
of the texts’ transmission.
For instance, the Book of Ruth has always been known as canonical,
but was not very often quoted, and not everywhere. BIBLINDEX shows
that it was used since the third century in Alexandria and Caesarea. The
Antiochene Fathers seem not to refer to it as a canonical work before the
fifth century, when Theodoret of Cyrrhus writes his Commentary on
Ruth. Researchers might have believed that it was excluded from the
canon until four quotations of it were discovered in a work of John
Chrysostom, his Commentary on Matthew, whose authenticity was absolutely
proved. This simple fact is evidence of its inclusion.

Use of the book of Ruth

Another example shows that using BIBLINDEX may open new research
fields. Why do these Antiochene Fathers so rarely quote the Book of
Ecclesiastes, whereas in Alexandria there are hundreds of references?
The three books attributed to Solomon, Proverbs-Song of Solomon-
Ecclesiastes, were not used very much in this area, but the references to
Ecclesiastes are at a particularly low level.

Use of the book of Ruth

1.2. Studying biblical Apocrypha

BIBLINDEX has established the following principle: from the moment we
know that a text was considered biblical by a Church Father at a given
time, the statement of its occurrences in BIBLINDEX is relevant. Our compilation
of biblical referencing systems will therefore include all possible
books quoted in a specific language.
It will thus be easier to study the survival and the diffusion of apocryphal
texts, today lost, such as the books of Pseudo-Ezekiel. If we search
for quotations of Ezekiel 37:7 in Origen, Gregory of Nyssa or Epiphanius
of Salamis, we read a phrase, ‘bone with bone and joint to joint’ (ὀστέον πρὸς ὀστέον καὶ ἁπμονία πρὸς ἁπμονίαν.),
which does not entirely match the well-known Hebraic text: ‘and the
bones came together, bone to its bone’. Besides, these quotations more
closely match a text from the first century before the Christian era, found
in Hebrew in the Dead Sea Scrolls and called Pseudo-Ezekiel. In this
way we can demonstrate that Epiphanius, at the end of the fourth century,
still knew this text and that he probably read it in Greek, just as
Gregory of Nyssa did. So there was a Greek translation of it (See Vianès, L., ‘Vers un texte grec du Pseudo-Ézéchiel? La vision des ossements desséchés’,
in L’Antiquité en ses confins. Mélanges offerts à Benoît Gain. Hors série 16 de Recherches
et Travaux (Grenoble: Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, 2008), 163–175).
More generally, the influences and the geography of the history of
ideas are better known, in qualitative terms – thanks to the text of the
quotations – as well as in quantitative terms – according to the number of

1.3. The textual criticism of the Bible

And finally, when our textual phase is completed, BIBLINDEX will become
a great tool for the textual criticism of the Bible. The comparative
search for the quotations of the Fathers, often rich in variants and unexpected
readings compared with earlier or modern standard texts, can
contribute to the reconstruction of the original text. Indeed, even though
passed on by late witnesses, quotations found in authors older than most
of the preserved biblical manuscripts allow us to go further back into the
history of the biblical texts.

2. The utility of BIBLINDEX for patristics scholars

The data have to be improved and checked and the corpus has to be enlarged,
but some results can already be obtained. The main fact of bringing
together so much data highlights global patterns of which we were
not necessarily aware before this data was collected. In this paper a total
of some 500,000 references, in texts from the first six centuries, are taken
into account.

2.1. The most quoted texts

48% of the quotations refer to the Old Testament and 52% to the New
Testament, although there are of course many more verses in the former.
Thus we should not overestimate the percentage of New Testament references
by a specific Father.

In the chart above, the number of references to each section of the Old
Testament has been weighted according to the text length of each section.
We can see very clearly that Torah and Psalms are quoted disproportionately;
prophetic texts are very often referenced, but in relation to
their text length this number of references is not as significant as for the
Psalms. Historical texts are very clearly underquoted.
If we go a step further, we see that the Church Fathers’ three favourite
books are the Psalms, Genesis and the book of Isaiah.

As far as the New Testament is concerned, the Gospels and Pauline Epistles are the most
quoted texts, both absolutely and in relation to their text length.

Matthew’s Gospel is overrepresented, whereas Mark is not very often quoted.
This is due to the actual practices of the Fathers, but also from a selection
bias due to the systematic choice of Matthew in the database in
case of identical synoptic parallels.
Use of the book of Ruth
A top ten list of the most quoted verses can also be established. After the
integration of Cyril of Alexandria’s works into the corpus, the first verse
of John’s Gospel is the most quoted by far. We can see the predilection
of the Church Fathers for christological verses: equality between God
and his Son and the reality of the incarnation are the main issues debated
with pagan, Jewish or heretical adversaries. These are not surprising
results, but the establishment of such global comparison points is completely

Use of the book of Ruth

These are not surprising results, but the establishment of such global comparison points is completely new.

TOP 100

JN 1 1 1523
GN 1 26 1304
JN 1 14 1215
JN 14 6 1091
GN 2 7 1087
PH 2 6 597
PH 2 7 876
1 C 1 24 853
COL 1 15 712
GN 3 1 609
HB 1 3 585
EP 6 12 561
1 C 1 30 519
MT 28 19 455
MT 28 19 455
GN 1 27 451
GN 1 1 437
JN 1 29 424
1 C 8 6 393
ES 7 14 391
JN 10 30 364
LC 1 35 354
JN 14 10 350
ML 3 20 344
MT 11 27 341
MT 25 41 341
PR 8 22 330
JN 14 9 328
RM 9 5 318
PH 3 20 317
MT 1 18 312
JN 11 25 312
PH 2 8 310
RM 8 15 303
MT 11 29 303
PS 110 1 299
JN 8 44 293
JN 10 11 283
MT 5 8 282
JN 3 16 281
EX 3 14 281
RM 7 14 279
1 C 10 4 278
TI 3 5 277
MT 1 23 274
MT 5 3 273
HB 10 1 273
MT 3 17 269
MT 16 18 263
GN 1 2 261
1 C 15 53 250
MT 5 17 249
RM 8 29 248
MT 5 44 248
LC 1 34 248
JN 15 26 248
JN 8 12 244
MT 3 16 242
HB 2 14 242
RM 8 3 241
LC 3 23 240
RM 1 3 238
ES 53 7 237
MT 2 1 236
1 C 15 28 235
JN 4 14 233
RM 6 4 231
MT 5 45 231
JN 17 3 229
MT 19 21 228
JN 15 1 228
RM 11 33 224
MT 7 13 219
MT 25 34 217
JN 19 34 216
MT 11 28 210
MT 5 28 209
PH 2 10 208
MT 5 16 207
MT 1 1 205
HB 4 12 201
RM 7 22 200
MT 28 20 199
1 C 15 49 197
1 C 15 24 193
MT 4 2 191
MT 7 14 190
RM 7 23 189
MT 27 51 188
TI 2 13 187
RM 1 25 186
RM 8 17 186
JN 4 24 186
PH 3 21 183
RM 5 14 180
RM 8 9 180
PS 1 1 180
RM 1 20 179
MT 23 37 177
PH 2 9 176
MT 5 22 176
MT 5 5 171
MT 1 20 166
MT 4 1 164
PH 3 13 161
LC 3 22 156
PS 33 6 155
1 C 15 50 149
RM 8 32 147
SP 7 26 143
PS 1 2 140
1 C 15 10 110


2.2. The distortion between the Bible and its patristic reconstruction

Insofar as the text of the patristic quotations will be gradually integrated
into the database, we shall ultimately be able to reconstruct the Bible of a
particular author. One would then be able to compare the Bible of two
authors, or one author’s Bible at different periods of his life.
Studying the use of a specific pericope can also lead to very interesting
results. If we take as an example the opening of John’s Gospel,
which contains the most frequently quoted verse, John 1:1, we have a
sample of more than 6,000 quotations or allusions. Although it is not
exhaustive, we can assume that such a huge corpus may be a representative
sample from the period that we are studying. We can draw a curve
showing the number of references to each verse of this biblical section,
very far from an equal use of each verse. Verses about John (6–8) are far
less quoted than the verses about the Word (whom John identifies with
Jesus): less than 20 references, whereas verse 1 is quoted more than
1,500 times!

2.3. Association of verses

As an instrument of textual comparison and hermeneutics, BIBLINDEX
makes visible thematic relationships, similarities in the grouping of references
and echoes between the authors. Without this tool, such comparisons
could only be perceived with difficulty.
For instance: Augustine identifies the blasphemy against the Holy
Spirit in Matthew 12:31 – ‘Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven
for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be
forgiven.’ – with the unforgivable sin of the First Epistle of John 5:16 –
‘If you see your brother or sister committing what is not a mortal sin,
you will ask, and God will give life to such a one […] There is a sin that
is mortal; I do not say that you should pray about that’. Is this an original
idea, or did some Fathers associate these two verses before him? We can
find 160 references to these two verses, but only four works which quote
them together and near from each other: the treatise De Pudicitia by
Tertullian, The Commentaries on John and Matthew written by Origen,
and Ambrose’s treatise De Paenitentia. As a matter of fact, Tertullian
and Ambrose are Augustine’s sources on this precise subject.

2.4. Textual criticism in the patristic field

Last but not least, the biblical references provide information about the
history of the texts which quote them. They give us valuable information
about the textual family or the biblical manuscripts to which the author
had access; about the debates on which he was dependent. They supply
him with quotations he does not always verify or reinterpret. These elements
can be deduced from the shape taken by the quotation (i.e. the
biblical variants of which it gives evidence), or from the interpretation
given. The precise form of the text helps to classify texts.
Biblical references may enable to date a work: thus we find in John’s
first Apocryphal Revelation (Tischendorf, C., ‘Apocalypsis Iohannis Apocrypha’, in Apocalypses apocryphae, C.Tischendorf (Leipzig, 1866, repr. Hildesheim, 1966), XVIII–XIX (introduction), 70–94 (Greek text edition).) biblical groups containing typically heterodox
eschatological views, based on which we can guess it was written in
the Byzantine Middle Ages. Isolated or organized together, these are a
classical criterion to authenticate a work. Similarly, a previously unidentified
allusion to the Letter of Jude helps, for example, to remove the
paternity of a text ascribed by some authors to John Chrysostom who, as
an Antiochene, would not quote this biblical book. The links between
two or several texts, not just as far as their authenticity is concerned but
also their literary or doctrinal influence, come out more clearly; it is
particularly true as regards the ‘jungle’ of the anthologies or chains,
exegetical compilations containing many fragmentary, badly attributed
or deformed texts. Duplicates will be spotted by establishing that a particular
fragment comes from a work transmitted and known in another

New texts of Origen : Lorenzo Perrone’s letter about the rediscovery of Origen’s Homilies on the Psalms

Bologna, the 10th of June 2012

 Dear Colleagues and Friends,

 On the 21st of May, a day after the first severe earthquake since centuries began to shake my region, I was asked an expertise on a Greek manuscript of Munich.

Prof. Anna Meschini Pontani, from Padua University, informed me that Dr. Marina Molin Pradel, who is preparing the new catalogue of the Greek manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, wished to submit to my attention a discovery she had made on Holy Thursday. While examining the content of Codex Monacensis Graecus 314 (11th-12th century), an anonymous collection of 29 homilies on the Psalms, she discovered that the manuscript included the Greek text of four of the five homilies of Origen on Psalm 36  (H36Ps I-IV). Moreover, she noticed that the list of the other homilies corresponded to a large extent to that presented by Jerome in his Letter 33 to Paula, the most important group being the series of nine homilies on Psalm 77.

I worked hastily in the following weeks to go through the considerable manuscript (371 folios) and check its content. More and more, albeit still provisionally, I have come to the conclusion that we have to do with a lot of lost homilies of Origen. My conviction is supported, among other things, by the exegetical treatment presented by the homilies, the doctrinal elements they preserve, the stylistic features which are typical of the great Alexandrian. In addition, some excerpts of these homilies were already known to us under his name in some catenae fragments edited in PG 17 and the Analecta Sacra of Pitra, especially with regard to Psalm 77.

Only a thorough examination of the texts transmitted by the Codex Monacensis Graecus 314 will permit to extend with reasonable certainty the attribution to Origen of all the remaining homilies or of part of them, besides the Homilies I-IV on Psalm 36.

I have already begun with the transcription of the manuscript and hope to complete it before the end of the summer, in order to make the texts accessible to scholars. Together with my colleagues Chiara Barilli, Antonio Cacciari and Emanuela Prinzivalli I plan to prepare without delay a critical edition of the homilies.

Marina Molin Pradel will present her discovery and offer some samples of the manuscript in the next issue of Adamantius, due to be published before the autumn.

A series of initiatives are planned to announce the discovery of the new texts to the scholarly world and to promote their knowledge and study.

On monday the 11th of June the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek will release a public statement about the discovery.

A seminar will take place at Padua University the 25th of June and a day-conference is planned for the 5th of December in Munich at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

Together with the colleagues of the Italian Research Group on Origen and the Alexandrian Tradition we plan a conference in Bologna next February, exactly one year after the one devoted to the prospect of a new edition of Origen’s commentaries on the Psalms, in cooperation with the colleagues of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaft.

At the time we were submerged by the snow no less than by the uncomfortable impression of the heavy task still waiting the editors of the catenae fragments. Now, in the middle of renewed quakes, we have been given an unexpected gift that we would like to share with all those who love Origen.

 Lorenzo Perrone       

The photographic reproduction of the entire codex is available HERE.

eTRACES Sponsor Meeting, May 07./08. 2012 (Leipzig)

ABSTRACTS (arranged alphabetically)

Marco Büchler, University of Leipzig : eTRACES/ASV
Since quoting never happens by chance, but always with a positive (agreeing)
or negative (disagreeing) purpose, we propose to use text re-use techniques
for the quantitative generation of text re-use graphs. We also try to identify
“hotly” quoted passages of a work, which are used for scoring an information
retrieval result. This work is based on the Perseus Digital Library.

Mark Hedges, King’s College London : Digital Publication of highly interconnected Manuscripts: the Case of mediaeval Greek and Arabic Gnomologia
The production of digital critical text editions using the TEI standard, and their
publication on the Web, is now a widely-adopted procedure in the digital
humanities community. This talk extends this approach to address the
publication of gnomologia, or anthologies of wise sayings, which formed a
widespread literary genre in many of the mediaeval Mediterranean cultures.
The challenge of these texts arises from the fact that they were rarely copied,
resulting in a highly-interconnected corpus for which this standard approach to
digital publication is insufficient. Focusing on Greek and Arabic collections, we
address this challenge using semantic web techniques to build up an
ecosystem of relationships, and consider a new model of what constitutes an
edition of this material.

Gerhard Lauer, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen : eTRACES/GCDH
The GCDH subproject analyzes text re-use in German literature and is focused
on detecting re-use of the bible. The aim of the project is to show how many
and which types of textual re-use of a set of different bible editions can (and
can’t) be found using the Text-Mining-software. For our test cases the texts are
taken from the, especially the novels. But also any other text
under a creative commons license a user would like to upload could be used.
The results will be provided to the public in a freely accessible web-based
frontend, designed to provide a virtual research environment not only to find
and comment these results, but also to complement them with your own
findings. The talk will present and demonstrate a mock-up of the front end and
discuss problems of a typology of text re-use.

Brigitte Mathiak, GESIS – Leibniz institute for the Social Sciences, Bonn : eTRACES/GESIS
The GESIS part of the eTRACES project is about citation traces in German
social scientific texts. The last year was spent mostly on data cleansing and
the annotation of the texts. For next year, we are planning exciting analysis on
the motivation and sentiment of citations. We are presenting our first
prototype, [histo]Suche, which allows us to do a full text search on the
cleaned documents. Our next use case will be the CitationRecommender that
uses sentiment analysis and citation context to find good additional citation for
an author.

Laurence Mellerin, Institut des Sources Chrétiennes, CNRS, Lyon: Biblindex, Online Index of Biblical Quotations in Early Christian Literature
Biblindex (, a project led by the French Institut
des Sources Chrétiennes with the support of the Peshitta Institute of Leiden
University and the Institut für neutestamentliche Forschung in Münster, aims
at the constitution of an online index of biblical references to be found in
Jewish and Christian literature, as well as in Western and Eastern texts of Late
Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, in order to renew the study of the
interpretation and history of biblical texts.

Ute Pietruschka, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg: In the hunt for lost sayings: Parallels and translation technique in Syriac and Arabic gnomologia
The study of Greek gnomologia is based on the basic assumption that parallels
exist only if we can observe a close correspondence of sayings in wording and
syntax. Dealing with sayings in different languages, however, the researcher
has to decide, whether the passage in question is a parallel or a variant
different from the Vorlage. The analysis of the translation technique is
therefore of particular importance in order to outline the transmission of
collections of sayings in Greek, Syriac, and Arabic.

Andrea Scharnhorst, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam: Digital traces of scholarship – from classical bibliometrics to new tasks for information providers
This talks give a short introduction into bibliometrics – the quantitative study
of scholarly communication – and its more modern forms (webometrics and
altmetrics). It discusses the role of standardization in large-scale data mining
about scientific activities. It addresses problems such as “tracing authors” and
“identifying fields”. The talk closes with discussing the role of information
providers such as archives for a cartography of science and a better navigation
in the scientific landscape.

e-traces website

Digital Humanities Congress 2012, University of Sheffield, 6th – 8th September 2012

Call for Papers
Deadline : 30th april 2012

The University of Sheffield’s Humanities Research Institute with the support of the Network of Expert Centres and Centernet is delighted to announce its Call for Papers for a three-day conference to be held in Sheffield during 6th – 8th September 2012.

The Digital Humanities Congress is a new conference which will be held in Sheffield every two years. Its purpose is to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and techniques within the digital humanities.

Digital humanities is understood by Sheffield to mean the use of technology within arts, heritage and humanities research as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. As such, proposals related to all disciplines within the arts, humanities and heritage domains are welcome.

The conference will take place at the University’s new residential conference facility, The Edge.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Andrew Prescott (Head of Department, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London)
Professor Lorna Hughes (University of Wales Chair in Digital Collections at the National Library of Wales)
Professor Philip Ethington (Professor of History and Political Science, University of Southern California and Co-Director of the USC Center for Transformative Scholarship)

Submitting a Proposal

We welcome proposals on all aspects of the digital humanities. For example, proposals might wish to focus on:

– New knowledge and insights within areas of humanities research which have arisen from the use of digital applications, techniques or methodologies. These proposals might focus on how specific research questions were solved.
– Case studies, best practice and evolving trends concerning the development of research resources, tools, frameworks and environments within the humanities, such as digital editions, mobile applications, virtual worlds, surface computing, web services and GIS.
– Technologies and techniques which bring value to humanities research, such as data mining, crowd-sourcing, linked data, text encoding, digitisation, ontology building, sentiment analysis, augmented reality, 3D visualisation and virtual worlds.
– Standards, best practice and case studies for data creation, data collection, development methodologies, usability testing, preservation, sustainability and accessibility.
– Issues and emerging trends within the technology and the information environment which do or might impact on humanities research. This might concern new technology, social trends, infrastructure, policy, funding, assessing value or pedagogy.

Proposals are welcome from academics, researchers, postgraduate students, professionals from within the cultural, heritage and information sectors, technologists and SMEs. Proposals are welcome from UK and international contributors.

Contributors can propose individual papers or sessions of three or more papers on a related theme.

Proposals for Individual Papers

Proposals for individual papers should include:

– The name of the speaker
– The speaker’s institution
– The title of the paper
– An abstract of approximately 300 words

Individual papers will be to a maximum of 20 minutes duration. Each paper will then be allotted a further 10 minutes for questions.

Proposals for Sessions

Proposals for sessions should include:

– The name of the session organiser and his/her institution
– The names of the individual speakers and their institutions
– The title of the session
– An abstract of approximately 200 words which describes the theme that unifies the session
– The titles of the session papers
– Abstracts for each paper within the session of approximately 300 words

Sessions will consist of three or more papers on a related theme to a maximum of 60 minutes. Each session will then be allotted a further 30 minutes for questions.

Submission Process and Deadline

Proposals should be submitted in Microsoft Word or plain text format to the following email address: adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.

The deadline for submissions is 30th April 2012. All proposers will be notified by 11th May 2012.

Discounted Registration

All successful proposers will be eligible for the early bird registration packages. Early bird registration will end on 31st May 2012.

Discounted full residential package incl. registration and ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation: £230 (full price: £280)
Discounted non-residential package: £119 (full price: £169)
Student full residential package incl. registration and ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation: £200
Student non-residential package: £100


All speakers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the Humanities Research Institute’s new online journal, Studies in the Digital Humanities.

Further Information

The conference website will provide access to delegate registration as well as further information about the programme and facilities:

For enquiries about submitting a proposal, please contact Michael Pidd: adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.

The Humanities Research Institute is one of the UK’s leading centres for the digital humanities:

The Network of Expert Centres is a collaboration of centres with expertise in digital arts and humanities research and scholarship, including practice-led research:

Centernet is an international network of digital humanities centres:

 Source : Site de l’université.

First Summer School on Christian Apocryphal Literature Strasbourg, France, 24-27 June 2012

The Latin Collection of the Acts of the Apostles (pseudo-Abdias)

The Summer School on Christian Apocryphal Literature, Strasbourg 24-27 June 2012, gives a valuable opportunity to become acquainted with the advances and current directions in research on the Latin Collection of the Acts of Apostles (Virtues Apostolorum) and its reception in artistic production. It will allow students and scholars to interact with the foremost specialists in the field and to work on some unedited materials under their direction in a series of instructional workshops.

Pre-registration can be accessed at: Cost of registration: €100 (including meals). Cost of travel/accommodation is assumed by the participant.

For further details please contact Gabriella Aragione, Faculté de théologie protestante
BP 90020,
9, Place de l’Université,
F-67084 Strasbourg Cedex

More information on the FMRSI blog.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

Bible cakeBible cake recipe
Take five measures among Solomon’s « sixty cors of meal » (1 K 4, 22), pour yeast « until all of it is leavened » (Mt 13, 33). Mix one measure of smooth « butter » (Ps 55, 21) with one of « curds » served by Yaël « in a lordly bowl » (Jdg 5, 25) ; add six pieces of what the ostrich « leaves to the earth » (Jb 39, 14), then a measure of milk and two of honey from the Land flowing with them (Ex 3, 8). Whip the mixture following Solomon’s advice (Pr 23, 14), and add « two clusters of raisins » given to the Egyptian by David’s servants (1 S 30, 12), two measures of « first-ripe figs » (Na 3, 12) and one of the ripe almonds borne on Aaron’s staff (Nb 17, 8).
As « with all your offerings », add a pinch of salt (Lv 2, 13) and a few teaspoons spices taken in the bags carried by the Queen of Sheba’s camels (1 K 10, 2), accompanied with « sweet cane from a distant land » (Jr 6, 20), ginger and « cinnamon » (Rev 18, 13).
Bake in « a heated oven, whose baker [needs] to stir the fire, from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened » (Hos 7, 4), for as many minutes as years Mahalalel had lived (Gn 5, 15) before « he became the father of Jared », at twice as many degrees as years Enosh was old when « he became the father of Kenan » (Gn 5, 9). Then put into practice Mt 14, 20…

May your appetite for Bible grow in 2012 !

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniensis 2012

The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense

The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense is an annual international conference on Biblical Studies jointly organised by the theological faculties of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Université Catholique de Louvain. The meetings take place in the Faculty of Theology at the K.U.Leuven and are alternately dedicated to a topic in Old and in New Testament Studies.

The Colloquium offers a forum and meeting place for research and scholarly discussion in the field of Biblical Studies. As a rule the annual conference focuses on a biblical book or a collection of writings, but it also addresses thematic subjects.

Programme design

10 main papers by invited speakers; languages: French, German or English
4 seminars conducted by invited speakers; languages: Dutch, French, German and English
about 20 short papers, selected from proposals by participants
Topic and programme of the conference in 2012

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the Scriptures
President: Eibert Tigchelaar
July 26 – 28, 2012

It is possible to register

online: Online Registration
by e-mail (to Prof. Dr. Reimund Bieringer, and
by using the paper registration form in the printed invitation (which can also be printed by clicking here)

History and survey of previous meetings
More information

Prof. Dr. Reimund Bieringer