in Scrinium

The core of the present volume of Scrinium is formed with articles resulting from the papers presented at the 10th APECSS (Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society) annual conference “Survival of Early Christian Traditions” held in the Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (St. Petersburg, Russia) on 9-11 September, 2016. The word “survival” in this title points out that the early Christian traditions are approached, most often, from mediaeval sources where they are still traceable. About one third of the con­ference papers were selected and subjected to blind peer-reviewing and revising. They form the main section of the present volume, which shares the title of the conference. It is edited by Geoffrey D. Dunn, Kazuhiko Demura, and Basil Lourié.

The next section, “Critical Edition,” presents now the first critical edition of an important Byzantine logical treatise “Xenedemos, or Voices” by Theodore Prodromos. The history of logic in Byzantium is strikingly understudied, and this fact affects, among other things, the current state of affairs in patrology. No wonder that, in the next section, “Patrology,” contributors often pay special ­attention to the logical (and scientific, in the sense of natural sciences) side of the theological problems dealt with by patristic authors.

With sadness, we need to announce that a member of our Advisory Board, a renowned scholar in Iranian studies Vladimir Livshits passed away this year. Another item of sad news this year is the premature death of one of the most insightful Russian scholars in critical hagiography, Olga Loseva. The reader will find the obituaries of both of them in the present volume.


Journal of Patrology and Critical Hagiography


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