Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Sources Chrétiennes book offer

From 1st September to 30th November 2019, there will be a special offer of 50% off all Sources Chrétiennes volumes, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the publishers and the publication of the 600 SC volume.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Job offer: Postdoctoral Researcher in Medieval Manuscript Studies

Job offer: Postdoctoral Researcher in Medieval Manuscript Studies (0.8FTE)

Radboud University Nijmegen is advertising a position for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Medieval Manuscript Studies (0.8FTE) to be part of the research team of the ERC-funded project Patristic Sermons in the Middle Ages. The dissemination, manipulation and interpretation of Late-Antique sermons in the Medieval Latin West (PASSIM)The Postdoctoral Researcher will study the customisation of patristic sermon collections for use in the liturgy and Divine Office in medieval manuscripts from the 7th to the 15th century, with a particular emphasis on the Carolingian homiliary of Paul the Deacon and its reception. 

Location: Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands 
Duration: 3 years
Starting date: 1 January 2020 (negotiable)
Deadline for the application: 18 August 2019
Interviews: 16 September 2019
Contact: Dr. Shari Boodts (PI)

Full details of the job offer can be found here:
More information on the research project can be found here:

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Workshops at the XVIII. Conference

The following workshop proposals have been retained by the Directors of the 18th International Patristic Conference. They are listed with the surname of their convenor in brackets.

Further information about individual workshops, when this has been provided by the convenor, is provided after the title.

Eriugena’s Christian Neoplatonism and its Sources in Patristic Philosophy and Ancient Philosophy (Ramelli)

Eckhart, Reader of the Church Fathers (Vannier)

Pseudo-Basiliana Graeca: a neglected corpus (Zaganas)

Evagrian Pedagogy (Young)

Chrysostomica and Pseudochrysostomica: From Textual History to a Reassessment of Traditions (Bady)

Exploring Nuances in Maximos the Confessor’s Thought (Mitralexis)

Bodily Resurrection vs Immortality: Philosophy, Medicine, Theology (Usacheva)

Nature and the Principles of Its Creation: Philosophy Recast in Theological Moulds (Podbielski)

Research on Psalter Catenae: Current Trends and Future Perspectives (Ceulemans)

Ordo Amoris in Augustine (Camacho)

From Elders to Priests: The Presbyters in the Late Antique West (Adamiak)

John of Damascus: More than a Compiler (Ables)

Clement of Alexandria: The New Testament text and non-canonical traditions (Husek)

Practice, Performance, Liturgy: Prayers before the Prayer Book (Rapp)

Theologizing Performance in the Byzantine Tradition (Olkinuora)

"Alexandrian" and "Antiochene" Exegesis of the Bible: Exemplary studies on Eusebius of Caesarea and Severian of Gabala (Von Stockhausen)

Female power and its propaganda: textual representation and visual display of imperial women in Late Antiquity and Byzantium (Chiriatti)

Migration: Rhetoric and Reality in Late Antiquity (Handl)

Early Christian 'magic': texts, objects, rituals, and contexts (Lunn-Rockliffe)

After Vööbus: New Approaches to Syriac Asceticism (Kitchen)

Ambrose of Milan's misericordia (Grant)

4th Century Christology in Context: A reconsideration (Brugarolas)

Cappadocians and Pseudo-Cappadocians (Juganaru)

Apostles as Martyrs. What Sense Did it Make to Remember Apostles as Martyrs? (Witetschek)

  • In this workshop, speakers will only give brief summaries of their papers. The draft papers will be circulated in advance to all participants. Please contact the organiser to have the PDFs sent to you by late July/early August.

Following the Holy Fathers: Patristic Sources in the Palamite Controversy (Pino)

Pelagianism in the Christian Sources from 431 to the Carolingian Period (Villegas Marín)

Perspectives on Origen in the History of His Reception (Fürst)

Early Christians and the Books at the Edges of the Canon (Barone)

Emotions & Rhetoric in Augustine (Irizar)

Role Models for Human Freedom and Dignity in Origen (Pollmann)

Digital Patristics (Janssens)

Irenaeus in the Second Century (Springer)

Ordering Knowledge and Modes of Knowing in Ascetic Theory and Practice (Zecher)

Ordering Knowledge within Manuscripts (Forness)

Lactantius (Nicholson)

Origins of Early Christian Ministry (Khomych)

The Armenian Reception of Syriac Church Fathers (Hilkens)

Re-Medial Patristics: New Ways with (Our) Old Texts (Vessey)

Ordering Knowledge and Modes of Knowing: Tradition, Authority, and Communal Formation (Ployd)

Demonologies: Ontology and Exegesis (Lössl)

Ordering Knowledge and Modes of Knowing: Philosophical Inheritances (Champion)

Eunomius’ Apologia apologiae  (DelCogliano)

Shifting Paradigms in the Study of Jerome (Van t Westeinde)

Politics and Society: The Patristic Legacy in the Middle Ages (Slotemaker)

Re-thinking Origen and Fourth Century Theology (Pui Him Ip)

Augustine's use of exegesis in polemical contexts (Toczko)

Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, early Syriac historiography, and its Byzantine and Arab context (582-842) (Mazzola)

Julian and Cyril:  Texts, Themes, and Polemic (Johnson)

Disability Discourse, Embodiment, and Healing: Intersecting Christian Antiquity and Modern Health Care (Holman)

New/old approaches to late ancient religion: re-evaluating neglected and rejected models (Grig)

New Approaches to the Persecution of the Christians (Corke-Webster)

Reorienting, Reframing, and Reinventing Memory in the Early Christian World (Bhola)

The Exegesis of Theodore of Mopsuestia and the East-Syriac Tradition (Hoogerwerf)

Deacons and Diakonia: New Perspectives on the Function and Impact of Deacons in the Early Church (Smeets) (The Greek mythology in the Writings of Theophilus of Antioch  (Boshra)

New Critical editions of Augustine (Drecoll)

Behind and Beyond the Alexandria-Antioch Divide (Elliott)

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Acceptances for the XVIII. Conference (2019)

[originally posted on 31st January 2019]

Proposal submission for the Eighteenth International Patristics Conference closed at the end of December 2018, and decisions have now been made by the Directors and communicated to individuals.

All 540 Short Communications and 368 Workshop Papers whose presenters who have given permission for their abstracts to be made available on a website are now included on this blog. Abstracts are tagged with the date of the conference (2019) and the first letter of the presenter's surname. A list of the accepted Workshops is available on this posting.

If you are a presenter and have any changes to the information which is posted about your paper, please use the 'Comments' field to enter the correct information and inform Prof. Hugh Houghton at the University of Birmingham. Due to a formatting issue, text which should be in italics is appearing in normal font and missing a final space: please accept our apologies.

Abstracts and paper titles for the conference programme will be generated directly from the Oxford Abstracts system which was used for the initial paper proposal.

All information about registration for the conference is provided on the Oxford Patristics Conference Website, along with contact details for any queries.

The Early Bird registration rate is available until 31st March 2019, and registration for the conference closes on 31st July 2019.

Dietmar Wyrwa: Presentation of the new Ueberweg, Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie. Antike V: Philosophie der Kaiserzeit und der Spätantike.

This short communication is meant to call attention to the recently published Ueberweg's History of Philosophy. Antiquity V. This major work in three volumes, which in 2600 pages covers the period of the Roman Empire and Late Antiquity up to about 700 CE, is written by more than 50 international highly esteemed experts and is edited by Christoph Riedweg (Zurich), Christoph Horn (Bonn) and Dietmar Wyrwa (Berlin). The presentation will outline the basic conception the editors applied to the realisation of the project. They thought it necessary to avoid a strict intellectual oposition beween greek philosophy and jewish-christian thinking, since one can realize mutual encounters and dependencies. So the exposition of the work follows a mixed principle taking into account the successions of schools, the religious traditions, the areas of language and the geographic relations, all this in a roughly chronological order. The communication will show, as the editors are convinced, that this work can be an important help for patristic studies. Finally a comparison may be drawn with the conception of Gerson's Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity, which was published in 2010, when the work of the new Ueberweg was already in progress.

Patricia Ciner: The problem of Life after Death in Origen's Theology: Repercussions in Contemporary Neuroscience

Referring to the Commentary on the Gospel of John, the renowned French specialist Henri Crouzel has affirmed that it can be considered "Origen´s masterpiece". Of this great work, which according to Eusebius was written in thirty-two books, we have in Greek only nine books: I, V, VI, X, XIII, XIX, XX, XXVIII, XXXII and a few fragments of Books IV and V. A large number of fragments which Brooke and Preuschen included in the Greek text of the Commentary on the Gospel of John as perhaps penned by Origen were also preserved through the medieval exegetical technique of the catenae. Interest in the authenticity of these fragments is undoubtedly immense for scholars of Origen, since it offers the possibility of recovering some lost material of the Commentary. However, this authenticity has been severely questioned, as the differences between these fragments and the Alexandrian´s thought are obvious. It is R. Heine who has shown that only five of these more than one hundred fragments do not belong to the Alexandrian. With great clarity he has written: Origen's thought could be altered by rewriting in Greek, even while using some of his own words, as well as by translating his Greek into Latin. Following his criterion for not considering most of these fragments as authentic, our paper seeks to show to what extent these fragments have distorted Origen´s thought and, if possible, to point out the real authors of these fragments.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Deirdre Carabine: The Transcendence of God in Eriugena and his Patristic Sources

In this presentation, I will survey Eriugena's sources, both Greek and Latin, and attempt a critical presentation of the theme of transcendence, and the concomitant negative theology, showing how his Greek and Latin sources (notably Dionysius), together with his own unique way of thinking, culminate in a rich tapestry of thought that has relevance twelve centuries after his death. Through discussing the Greek and Latin influences on Eriugena's presentation of the transcendence and otherness of God, I hope to show how Eriugena's negative ontology ultimately forms the core of his understanding of, on the one hand, revelation and creation (God becoming not-God), and, on the other: the final calling of all manifestation and multiplicity into unity (not-God becoming God / not-God). This strong Patristic thematic in Eriugena deserves detailed attention since its inspiration in his theology was manifold. The end result should be a re-evaluation of the importance of Eriugena's use of his patristic sources in relation to the great thematic of divine transcendence.