Clement’s Biblical Exegesis

Proceedings of the Second Colloquium on Clement of Alexandria (Olomouc, May 29–31, 2014)


In Clement’s Biblical Exegesis scholars from six countries explore various facets of Clement of Alexandria’s hermeneutical theory and his exegetical practice. Although research on Clement has tended to emphasize his use of philosophical sources, Clement was important not only as a Christian philosopher, but also as a pioneer Christian exegete. His works constitute a crucial link in the tradition of Alexandrian exegesis, but his biblical exegesis has received much less attention than that of Philo or Origen. Topics discussed include how Clement’s methods of allegorical interpretation compare with those of Philo, Origen, and pagan exegetes of Homer, and his readings of particular texts such as Proverbs, the Sermon on the Mount, John 1, 1 John, and the Pauline letters.

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Veronika Černušková, Ph.D. (2012), Masaryk University Brno, is Assistant Professor and Researcher at Palacký University Olomouc. Her publications include articles on Clement of Alexandria’s biblical exegesis, and Czech translations of Clement’s works: Stromateis (books II, IV, and VII) and Paedagogus (in preparation).
Judith L. Kovacs, Ph.D. (1979), Columbia University, is Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Virginia. Her publications include Revelation, 1 Corinthians, and articles on patristic exegesis and Clement of Alexandria. She is series editor of Blackwell Bible Commentaries and John Chrysostom’s NT Commentaries.
Jana Plátová, Ph.D. (2007), Masaryk University Brno, is Assistant Professor and Reseacher at Palacký University Olomouc. She has published articles on Clement of Alexandria’s commentary on Scripture, and Czech translations of Clement’s works: the Stromateis (books I and III), Eclogae Propheticae and fragments of the Hypotyposeis.

Contributors are: Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski, Veronika Černušková, Davide Dainese, Miklós Gyurkovics, Matyáš Havrda, Annewies van den Hoek, Judith L. Kovacs, Alain Le Boulluec, Jana Plátová, Ilaria L.E. Ramelli, Marco Rizzi, Johannes A. Steenbuch, and Ilaria Vigorelli.
"... A very useful and learned collection, with the theme of biblical exegesis running through as a read thread, which at points in this book becomes a golden one." - Mark Elliot, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung, 2018

Introduction. Clement as Scriptural Exegete: Overview and History of Research
Judith L. Kovacs

Comprehensive Bibliography on Clement’s Scriptural Interpretation
Jana Plátová

Part 1: Clement’s Exegetical Methods
L’interprétation de la Bible et le « genre symbolique » selon Clément d’Alexandrie
Alain Le Boulluec

The Mysteries of Scripture: Allegorical Exegesis and the Heritage of Stoicism, Philo, and Pantaenus
Ilaria L.E. Ramelli

The Bible in Alexandria: Clement between Philo and Origen
Marco Rizzi

Part 2: Clement between Philosophy and Biblical Theology
Negative Theology and Dialectics in Clement of Alexandria’s Understanding of the Status and Function of Scripture
Johannes A. Steenbuch

Schesis and Trinitarian Thought in Clement of Alexandria: From Philosophy to Scriptural Interpretation
Ilaria Vigorelli

Clement’s Exegetical Interests in Stromateis VIII
Matyáš Havrda

Part 3: Clement’s Exegesis of Particular Biblical Texts
Clement of Alexandria and the Book of Proverbs
Annewies van den Hoek

Four Desires: Clement of Alexandria and the Sermon on the Mount
Veronika Černušková

Clement of Alexandria’s Reception of the Gospel of John: Context, Creative Exegesis and Purpose
Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski

The Philosophical Problem of “Place” in Clement’s Exegesis of the Prologue to the Gospel of John
Miklós Gyurkovics

Clement’s Exegesis of 1 John in the Adumbrationes
Davide Dainese

Reading the “Divinely Inspired” Paul: Clement of Alexandria in Conversation with “Heterodox” Christians, Simple Believers, and Greek Philosophers
Judith L. Kovacs

Index of Modern Authors
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Subjects and Names
Patrologists, Biblical scholars, theologians, and all interested in early interpretation of the Bible.
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