The Seventh Book of the Stromateis

Proceedings of the Colloquium on Clement of Alexandria (Olomouc, October 21-23, 2010)


The seventh book of the Stromateis is the culmination of Clement of Alexandria's ethic. Introduced as an apology of the piety of the perfect Christian (the 'gnostic'), it broaches such topics as divine pedagogy, angelology, superstition, prayer, assimilation to God, martyrdom, eschatology, and the criteria of orthodoxy. This volume contains sixteen studies dealing with all major themes of the seventh book and the method of their presentation. It includes a Clementine bibliography of the last fifteen years and two appendices concerned with Clement's 'Hymn to Christ the Saviour.' The publication may serve as a companion to the reader of Stromateis VII and as a compendium of contemporary scholarship dealing with major aspects of Clement's thought in general.

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Matyáš Havrda, Ph.D. (2000) in Philosophy, Charles University Prague, is Researcher at Humboldt University Berlin and Palacký University Olomouc. His publications include articles on Valentinian gnosticism, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Galen, and a commented Czech translation of the fifth book of the Stromateis.

Vít Hušek, Th.D. (2004) in Systematic Theology, Palacký University Olomouc, is Assistant Professor and Researcher at Palacký University Olomouc. He has published articles on doctrine of grace in Latin patristics.

Jana Plátová, Ph.D. (2007) in Classical Philology, Masaryk University Brno, is Assistant Professor and Researcher at Palacký University Olomouc. Her publications include articles on Clement of Alexandria´s commentary on Scripture, and a Czech translation of the Stromateis (books I and III).
"This edited collection brings together seventeen contibutions held to a high standard, and it is definitely recommended for purchase by theological libraries." – David Neal Greenwood, University of Edinburgh, in: Journal of Ecclesiastical History 65/2 (2014)
"...richness [...] of papers in this book, which both testifies and contributes to the flourishing of contemporary academic research on Clement of Alexandria." – Jane Heath, Durham University, in: Expository Times 125/6 (May 2014)
Annewies van den Hoek, Stromateis VII in the Light of Recent Scholarship: Approaches and Perspectives (with Bibliography)


Alain Le Boulluec, Comment Clément applique-t-il dans le Stromate VII, à l'intention des philosophes, la méthode définie dans le prologue (1–3)?

Silke-Petra Bergjan, Clement of Alexandria on God’s Providence and the Gnostic’s Life Choice: The Concept of Pronoia in the Stromateis, Book VII (with Appendix: Fragments from Clement of Alexandria, Περὶ προνοίας)

Monika Recinová, Clement’s Angelological Doctrines: Between Jewish Models and Philosophic-Religious Streams of Late Antiquity

George Karamanolis, Clement on Superstition and Religious Belief

Henny Fiskå Hägg, Seeking the Face of God: Prayer and Knowledge in Clement of Alexandria

Lorenzo Perrone, Clemens von Alexandrien und Origenes zum Gebet: Versuch eines Paradigmenvergleichs anhand ihrer Schriftstellen


Veronika Černušková, Divine and Human Mercy in the Stromateis

Jana Plátová, The Gnostic’s Intercessory Prayer according to Clement of Alexandria

Judith L. Kovacs, Saint Paul as Apostle of Apatheia: Stromateis VII, Chapter 14

Davide Dainese, The Idea of Martyrdom in Stromateis VII: A Proposal for a Reconstruction of Clement of Alexandria’s Philosophy

Ilaria Ramelli, Stromateis VII and Clement’s Hints at the Theory of Apokatastasis


Matyáš Havrda, Demonstrative Method in Stromateis VII: Context, Principles, and Purpose

Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski, The Notion of ‘Heresy’ in Stromateis VII and its Use in Clement of Alexandria’s Polemic

Oleh Kindiy, Approximating Church and School in Clement of Alexandria’s Stromateis VII

Marco Rizzi, The End of Stromateis VII and Clement’s Literary Project


Annewies van den Hoek, ‘Hymn of the Holy Clement to Christ the Saviour’: Clement of Alexandria, Pedagogue III 101, 4 (introduction, translation, and notes)

Jane Schatkin Hettrick, Musical Settings of Clement’s 'Hymn to Christ the Saviour’

Those interested in the relations between philosophy, religion and rhetoric in Antiquity, the history of prayer, superstition, spiritual progress, providence, ecclesiology, angelology, eschatology, heresiology, Christian epistemology and ethics, and biblical exegesis.
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