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Exegese und Lebensform

Die Proömien der antiken griechischen Bibelkommentare


Matthias Skeb

The study examines the prefaces of the Greek biblical commentaries in Late Antiquity. It analyzes their formal position in the traditions of commenting and the theological interests of the Christian commentators. Special attention is paid both to re-examining the widespread opinion that these prefaces are dependent on the 'schemata isagogica' of the pagan schools of philosophy, and to the presentation of the theological identity of biblical commentators.
The three main chapters analyze the traditions of non-Christian proems, the commentaries of Origen and those of the exponents of Alexandrian and Antiochene exegesis.
The book provides interesting new insights into the formal aspects, motivation, relevance and hermeneutics of the commentaries as well as into the cultural transfer on which they are based.



This volume includes more than 15,000 citations to periodical literature published during the twentieth century. Citations are included for each of the books and of the New Testament and these are aranged in canonical order. The specific references are set forth within each canonical book by textual unit. The arrangement of these textual units is the longer before the shorter. There are approximately 175 periodicals included. While the major emphasis is upon English language journals, there are several different language groups represented. The journals included are representative of various theological perspectives. The work includes a comprehensive author index.

Index to Periodical Literature for the Study of the New Testament has been selected by Choice as Outstanding Academic Title (2005).

Index to the Study of Religions Online

A Cross-searchable Database and Bibliography of Journal Articles

The English language abstracts published in the Index to the Study of Religions are drawn from a wide range of journals in various languages and reflect an array of complementary disciplines. The number of entries will continue to grow each year. Index to the Study of Religions is the online version of the Brill journal Science of Religion. Articles are classified into the following three large sections: method and theory, religions in context by area, and textual and conceptual traditions. The list of journals consulted is reviewed regularly and suggestions for improvement are welcomed. The Index to the Study of Religions does not seek to appraise or criticise the contents of any articles. Nor does it endorse any of the religious standpoints or agendas referred to in the articles indexed and abstracted. In all cases the individual authors are responsible for their own opinions and any reference to these opinions should take account of the complete article in the original source. The main objective of the Index to the Study of Religions is to facilitate the work and international collaboration of scholars in the academic study of religions and related fields.
For a complete list of journals consulted for the Index to the Study of Religions, please access the table of contents.

The Index to the Study of Religions is published with the support of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR).
Features and Benefits - Abstracts drawn from a wide range of journals in various languages - Covers an array of complementary disciplines - Regularly updated with new entries
The print version of the Index for the Study of Religion, published in four issues per year as Science of Religion, can be found here
Brill’s Nag Hammadi Bibliography Online (NHBO) is a cross-searchable database of books, articles and reviews, which contribute to the study of Gnosticism and early Christianity. The main objective of the NHBO is facilitating the work and international collaboration of all scholars working in this field.

The NHBO succeeds and builds upon the comprehensive but now outdated three-volume Nag Hammadi Bibliography by the late D.M. Scholer. In addition to the data collated by Scholer, the new NHBO includes bibliographic data from 2013 onwards, as well as useful abstracts of every single entry, keywords, and classification data.

Features and Benefits
- Contains about 13,000 entries covering almost all books, journal articles and book articles in various languages on the Nag Hammadi Library
- Two installments per year (about 400 new entries).
- Includes the three Nag Hammadi Bibliography volumes by the late David Scholer
- Instant and cross-searchable
- Includes abstracts and keywords, which will also be added later to Scholer entries from before 2007.

In future, NHBO will also include links to search engines and online publications, and will provide the capability to export texts. The NHBO will be updated annually in order to provide Nag Hammadi scholars with an accurate and up-to-date online resource. In addition, missing bibliographic data for the years 2007 to 2012 will be added to the NHBO from December 2016 onwards. Once this task is complete, the NHBO team will also add the abstracts to the publications included in Scholer’s Bibliography.

The NHBO has three main priorities:
1. Compiling the complete data on all academic publications on Nag Hammadi from 2013 onwards.
2. Filling the hiatus between 2007 and 2012, between Scholer’s Bibliography and the NHBO.
3. Completing Scholer’s data with the addition of abstracts and keywords to the existing materials.

NHBO’s timeline:
1st phase to cover data and publications from 2007 to 2020:
December 2016: publication for the years 2012 to 2015
December 2017: publication for the years 2011 and 2016
December 2018: publication for the years 2010 and 2017
December 2019: publication for the years 2009 and 2018
December 2020: publication for the years 2008 and 2019
December 2021: publication for the years 2007 and 2020
2nd phase (2022 to 2026) to cover data and publications from 2021 to 2025 and to add abstracts, complementary information, and links to the data from Scholer’s Bibliography.


Weima and Stanley E. Porter

This bibliography lists some 1300 works germane for the interpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. It includes all relevant works written in the 20th century as well as a sizeable number of important sources from the 19th century.
Virtually all the works listed are annotated, except for commentaries and dictionary articles. These annotations do not merely describe the content of each source but attempt to summarize its central thesis or argument.
The works listed are classified and cross-indexed in such a way that the user is able to track down easily the relevant sources on any given topic or passage in the Thessalonian letters.



The Bibliography of Literature on First Peter gives comprehensive publication details of a categorized list of articles and books concerned with the exposition of the New Testament letter known as 1 Peter. The bibliography, which primarily presents works of modern scholarship but also includes important works which have appeared throughout the lengthy period of Christian interpretation, has been conceived with the needs of a variety of users in mind. It provides an extremely valuable reference tool for all those interested in a deeper understanding of this important document of early Christianity, and will meet the needs of researchers of all kinds, from lay students to the professional scholar. Not every work represented in this bibliography will be of equal use to all; but judicious selection on the basis of the helpful classification provided will save the researcher much time.



The volume updates an important earlier work by Bruce M. Metzger, Index to Periodical Literature on the Apostle Paul first published in 1960, which undertook to list periodical materials available before 1960. This volume was the first book in the New Testament Tools and Studies series published by Brill.
As with Metzger's volume, this new work lists periodicals in a wide spectrum of languages, including English and Russian. This volume adds considerably to the 3,013 entries of Metzger's original work.
To facilitate use, the original classification and numbering scheme developed by Metzger is retained in the new references (as well as in a few from a second edition by Metzger, 1970). They are inserted in their proper classification (by subject and date) and are indicated by the original number with an alpha extension. In a few instances, new classifications are offered, e.g. 'structuralism'.


Jens Kreinath, J.A.M. Snoek and Michael Stausberg

Volume two of Theorizing Rituals mainly consists of an annotated bibliography of more than 400 items covering those books, edited volumes and essays that are considered most relevant for the field of ritual theory. Instead of proposing yet another theory of ritual, the bibliography is a comprehensive monument documenting four decades of theorizing rituals.