Abstract The heresiology and heresiography of the Early Church are usually regarded as belonging to the domains of pastoral care and dogmatic theology. This paper argues that anti-heretical statements of Christian authors should also be studied in connection with Christianity’s conflicts with non-Christian culture and society.
Abstract In his lengthy Tractatus super Psalmos, Hilary of Poitiers states only twice that humans are to “live the life of the angels.” Nevertheless, these rare statements seem to undermine both the role of the human body in eschatological life and the christocentrism of Hilary’s soteriology. However, this paper will argue that Hilary’s designation of different eschatological locations for humans and angels—namely in Mt. Zion and Jerusalem, respectively—in the Tractatus super Psalmos demonstrate that Hilary, at least in this later work, believes that while humans will resemble angels in certain aspects, ultimately they will be conformed to Christ whose body is the holy temple or Church of the heavenly Jerusalem, Mt. Zion itself.
Abstract Codex Bodleianus Auct. T. 4. 21 (Misc. 259) is a 12th-century manuscript written in large part on palimpsested parchment. It contains, inter alia, hitherto unknown treatises of (Ps.-)Amphilochius Iconiensis as underlying scripture (scriptio inferior). In 2011 the author discovered these treatises during a research stay at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The (Ps.-)Amphilochius sections are written in a clear uncial script from the 8th-9th century. A complete edition of the manuscript’s scriptiones inferiores together with a codicological analysis and a palaeographical description is in preparation.
Abstract A scholarly consensus about the interpretation of the διακον - words has been in place for 70 years. The consensus maintains that early Christian writers adopted διακον - words because of their lowly connotations and imbued them with new meanings specific to Christian living and community arrangements. The new meanings had developed on the model of Jesus who came to serve others in self-giving love. A 1990 study of pre-Christian and early Christian Greek claimed to invalidate the consensus, a claim now supported in specialist publications. This paper extends sampling of usage into patristic usage. Implications for exegesis and ecclesiology are immediate.