The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity

Proceedings of the Montréal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengiesser, 11-13 October 2006

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The volume is a Festschrift offered to Charles Kannengiesser on the occasion of his 80th birthday and honours him for his numerous scholarly accomplishments. Its twenty-five contributions discuss some of the major issues pertaining to the reception and interpretation of the Bible in late antique Christianity and Judaism. They focus on the ways in which communities and individuals understood the Bible and interpreted its traditions to address their historical, social, and theological requirements. Since the Bible was by far the most important book during these centuries, a discussion of its influence in such contexts will illuminate significant aspects of the formation of western civilisation.

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Biographical Note

Lorenzo DiTommaso (Ph.D. in Religion, McMaster University, 2002) is Assistant Professor at Concordia University, Montréal. Among his other books are The Dead Sea New Jerusalem Text (Mohr Siebeck, 2005) and The Book of Daniel and the Apocryphal Daniel Literature (Brill, 2005).
Lucian Turcescu (Ph.D. in Theology, University of Toronto, 1999) is Associate Professor at Concordia University, Montréal, and President of the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies. He has written on Greek patristics, including Gregory of Nyssa and The Concept of Divine Persons (Oxford University Press, 2005), as well as religion and politics.
Contributors include: Pablo Argárate, Herbert W. Basser, Pamela Bright, Theodore de Bruyn, Marie-Pierre Bussières, Tony Chartrand-Burke, J. Kevin Coyle, Lorenzo DiTommaso, David G. Hunter, Shawn W.J. Keough, Robert A. Kitchen, Jean-Michel Lavoie, Paul-Hubert Poirier, Thomas S. Schmidt, Richard A. Layton, Jack N. Lightstone, Sara Parvis, Anne Pasquier, Lorenzo Perrone, Timothy Pettipiece, Pierluigi Piovanelli, Gary G. Porton, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Stephen J. Shoemaker, Lucian Turcescu, Robert Louis Wilken, and Charles Kannengiesser

Table of contents

Abbreviations
List of Contributors
Acknowledgements


Introduction: The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity
LORENZO DITOMMASO AND LUCIAN TURCESCU

Congratulatory Letter
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE ROWAN WILLIAMS, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY



KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Novelty and Inescapability of the Bible in Late Antiquity
ROBERT LOUIS WILKEN


PAPERS

Car mes iniquités dépassèrent ma tête. Les fonctions du texte biblique dans la section katanyktique du Logos Asketikos de Maxime le Confesseur
PABLO ARGÁRATE

What Makes Exegesis either Christian or Jewish?
HERBERT W. BASSER

Augustine and the Ethics of Reading the Bible
PAMELA BRIGHT

Appeals to Jesus and the One ‘Who Heals Every Illness and Every Infirmity’
(Matt 4:23, 9:35) in Amulets in Late Antiquity
THEODORE DE BRUYN

Le commentaire au 4e s. ou, pour reformuler le dicton, ancienneté a-t-elle
toujours autorité?
MARIE-PIERRE BUSSIERES

Completing the Gospel: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas as a Supplement to the
Gospel of Luke
TONY CHARTRAND-BURKE

Good Tree, Bad Tree: The Matthean/Lukan Paradigm in Manichaeism
and Its Opponents
J. KEVIN COYLE

Biblical Form, Function, and Genre in the Post-Biblical Historical Apocalyptica
LORENZO DITOMMASO

The Reception and Interpretation of Paul in Late Antiquity: 1 Corinthians 7
and the Ascetic Debates
DAVID G. HUNTER

The Eternal Gospel: Origen’s Eschatological Exegesis
SHAWN W.J. KEOUGH

Making the Imperfect Perfect: The Adaptation of Hebrews 11 in the 9th Mēmrā
of the Syriac Book of Steps
ROBERT A. KITCHEN

Les Homélies sur l’Évangile de Luc de Titus de Bostra
JEAN-MICHEL LAVOIE, PAUL-HUBERT POIRIER ET THOMAS S. SCHMIDT

Hearing Love’s Language: The Letter of the Text in Origen’s Commentary
on the Song of Songs
RICHARD A. LAYTON

The Early Rabbinic Refashioning of Biblical Heilsgeschichte, the Fashioning
of the Rabbinic Canon of Scriptures, and the Formation of the
Early Rabbinic Movement
JACK N. LIGHTSTONE

‘Ta__ ti&nwn a!ra r(h&mata qeologei=?’: The Exegetical Relationship between Athanasius’ Orationes contra Arianos I-III and Marcellus of Ancyra’s Contra Asterium
SARA PARVIS

Présupposés herméneutiques de la lecture de la Bible juive chez les gnostiques. Étude
de quelques procédés exégétiques dans un traité de Nag Hammadi (NH 2, 4)
ANNE PASQUIER

Scripture for a Life of Perfection. The Bible in Late Antique Monasticism:
The Case of Palestine
LORENZO PERRONE

Separating Light from Darkness: Manichaean Use of Biblical Traditions
in the Kephalaia
TIMOTHY PETTIPIECE

The Reception of Early Christian Texts and Traditions in Late Antique
Apocryphal Literature
PIERLUIGI PIOVANELLI

Methods of Early Rabbinic Biblical Exegesis
GARY G. PORTON

Pseudepigraphy, Authorship, and the Reception of ‘the Bible’ in Late Antiquity
ANNETTE YOSHIKO REED

Between Scripture and Tradition: The Marian Apocrypha of Early Christianity
STEPHEN J. SHOEMAKER

Gregory of Nyssa’s Biblical Hermeneutics in De opificio hominis
LUCIAN TURCESCU


SPECIAL GUEST PAPER

Scripture as a Legacy of the Fathers
CHARLES KANNENGIESSER


Bibliography of the Works of Charles Kannengiesser

Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors


Readership

All those interested in intellectual history, patristics, Late Antiquity, early Church history, and the reception of the Bible in Patristic, Rabbinic, Gnostic, and apocryphal literature.

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