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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

 

 

COLLOQUIUM CLEMENTINUM II – CALL FOR PAPERS

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:  www.centrum-texty.upol.cz/patristickaspolecnost/clement2014.htm 

The home‐page will be updated continuously.

 TOPIC AND AIM OF THE CONFERENCE

 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: patristickaspolecnost@gmail.com. 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.

 CONFERENCE FEE

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.

 

COLLOQUIUM ORGANIZERS AND LOCATION

 

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:

http://www.centrum-texty.upol.cz/en/

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:

http://www.centrum-texty.upol.cz/patristickaspolecnost/index_en.htm

 

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

 

All communication may be addressed to Vit Husek and sent to

patristickaspolecnost@gmail.com.

 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
http://www.centrum-texty.upol.cz/en

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

<http://www.brill.com/products/book/dead-sea-scrolls-and-pauline-literature>
€121,00   $166.00
ISBN13: 9789004227033
E-ISBN: 9789004230071
Publication Year: 2013
BRILL

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.

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.

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: dhc2012@sheffield.ac.ukCette 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

Publication

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: http://hridigital.shef.ac.uk/dhc2012

For enquiries about submitting a proposal, please contact Michael Pidd: m.pidd@sheffield.ac.ukCette 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: http://hridigital.shef.ac.uk

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

Centernet is an international network of digital humanities centres: http://digitalhumanities.org/centernet

 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: http://www.unistra.fr/inscription/apocrypha. 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
Gabriella.aragione@unistra.fr

More information on the FMRSI blog.