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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book, which intends to contribute to the relatively neglected area of scholarly activity, launching serious research in a new field that invites the combination of traditionally rather separate disciplines (Christian exegesis, poetic theory and interpretation, classical philology). The book is divided into three parts. The first part gathers three articles with a predominantly theoretical focus, that is, how Christians in Late Antiquity responded to the newly rising literary genre of specifically Christian poetry. The second part deals with individual case studies which are roughly chronologically arranged. Green tackles the earliest biblical epicist, Iuvencus, whose seemingly plain paraphrase of the gospels reveals under close inspection clear exegetical principles informed by Nicene theology. The third part dedicates investigations which attempts to bridge poetic forms and the development from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

Keywords: biblical epicist; Christian exegesis; classical philology; Late Antiquity; Nicene theology; poetic interpretation; poetic theory



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