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.
Matthias Skeb, Doctorate in Catholic Theology (1996) at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany), postdoctoral qualification ('Habilitation') (2003), is teaching (since 2004) 'Ancient Church History and Patristics' at Rome. His research work focuses on monasticism, cultural transfer and history of Christian exegesis in Late Antiquity.
Table of contents
1. Bibliographische Abkürzungen xiii
2. Allgemeine Abkürzungen. xviii
Kapitel I. Einleitung: Forschungsstand—Methode—Zielsetzung 1
Kapitel II. Zur formalen Disposition antiker nicht biblischer Kommentarproömien 13
Kapitel III. Die Proömien des Origenes: Hermeneutik und Lebensform. 137
Kapitel IV. Die Hauptvertreter der alexandrinischen und antiochenischen Exegesetradition 279
Kapitel V. Schlussresümee 373
All those interested in the history of theology, the history of Christian exegesis, the ancient commentary traditions and cultural transfer in Late Antiquity, as well historians of philosophy and classical philologists.