Monthly Archives: December 2013

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.”

Contents

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)

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.