Saturday, 7 February 2015

Edwina Murphy: SC Widows, Welfare and the Wayward: Ad Quirinum and the Witness of 1 Timothy

Ad Quirinum has long been studied for what it reveals about the Latin text of the Scriptures in the third century. It has also attracted interest for its contribution to the testimonia tradition and for its value as a catechetical document. Less attention, however, has been given to what it can teach us about Cyprian's appropriation of Scripture. In this paper, I focus on a series of testimonies in Book 3 which are drawn primarily from 1 Timothy 5. I examine Cyprian's choice of headings and his selection and arrangement of verses (including what he omits) in order to gain an insight into how his pastoral and theological concerns interact with his interpretation of Scripture.

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