This volume provides the first translation into any modern language of Pseudo-Gregory of Nyssa’s Testimonies against the Jews, a late fourth-century C.E. example of the scriptural testimonia genre. In this genre early Christians compiled biblical quotations, arranged under topical headings and accompanied by interpretive remarks, that functioned as "testimonies" in support of basic Christian beliefs and claims. In his notes Albl describes a unified yet flexible tradition that spread over the entire Mediterranean region, was expressed in Greek, Latin, and other languages, and flourished from the first century well beyond the fifth century. This volume, with Greek text and English translation on facing pages, will enable and stimulate greater interest and research in a neglected area of scholarship.
Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).
Martin C. Albl, Ph.D. (1997) in Religious Studies, Marquette University, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He is the author of
And Scripture Cannot Be Broken: The Form and Function of the Early Christian Testimonia Collections (1999) and co-editor of
Directions in New Testament Methods (1993).
…a welcome addition to patristic scholarship…a volume worthy of citation and consultation for years to come.' Edward Moore,
Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2005.