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Teaching, Learning And Writing In Second And Third Century Alexandria

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Clement was probably born an Athenian, but he may well have been native to Alexandria. The large amount of Philonic citations in both Clement and Origen suggests that Alexandria contained a scriptorium for the copying of texts. Van den Hoek finds evidence to suggest that there was a succession between Pantaenus, Clement, and Origen as Eusebius suggests, and that the school saw catechetical training as part of its curriculum. Dawson argues for the Philonic attention to lexical detail to determine authentic textual meaning, a "true spirit of disinterested criticism", over against an idiosyncratic, theme based hermeneutic. During the last century, however, there has been some debate over whether or not the Stromateis constitute Clement's proposed treatise on the third phase of the divine pedagogy, the Teacher, or didaskalos. A. Méhat summarises the views of de Faye, Bousset, Munck, and Lazzati while offering his own hypotheses on the controversy.

Keywords: A. Méhat; Alexandria; Clement; Dawson; didaskalos; Philonic citations; Stromateis; Van den Hoek



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