Thursday, 7 February 2019

Jacopo Marcon: The use of the Greek Fathers in the Pseudo-Oecumenian Catena on Paul.

Biblical catenae are manuscripts with the biblical text and the commentary, a collection of patristic extracts made up from multiple sources.My presentation will give a brief overview of the Pseudo-Oecumenian Catena on the Pauline epistles, especially on Romans, with reference to the layouts, numbering systems and marginalia of key manuscripts. There are three types of scholia: an original numbered set of comments, typical of the Oecumenian tradition, and two different types of expanded text. The first one is the so-called Corpus Extravagantium, with the unnumbered scholia from the Greek Church Fathers, quoted either anonymously or with the name of the commentator and/or a range of various symbols. The second one is the so-called Scholia Photiana, attributed to the Byzantine scholar Photius and added at a later point.In doing so, I will consider three main classes of manuscripts: a standard type, with the numbered comments and the Extravagantes, an expanded type, with the Scholia Photiana, and an abridged version. Overall, there are approximately 900 numbered scholia, some Extravagantes (especially from Oecumenius, Theodoret of Cyr and anonymous commentators), and more than 100 comments from Photius, but only for the expanded type.I will then go on to explain some of the new light shed by my work on the analysis of biblical extracts, on the reconstruction of Oecumenius’ citation technique (how often, why and how the quotation from the Greek Church Fathers are reported on the page), and on the identification of the anonymous scholia of the commentary.

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