Friday, 24 May 2019
Hauna Ondrey: Reframing Greek Patristic Interpretation: Minor Prophets Commentaries as a Case Study
The wealth of extant 4–5 c. commentaries on the Minor Prophets allows direct and sustained comparison of patristic interpreters from Antioch (Theodore of Mopsuestia and Theodoret of Cyrrhus), Alexandria (Didymus, Cyril), and the Latin West (Jerome, Julian of Eclanum). Such comparison yields support for the abandonment of the critiqued-but-enduring Alexandria/Antioch paradigm as well as cautions against alternate reductions evident in the rhetorical explanations of Young et al. My session offers a more dynamic model for mapping early Christian interpretive traditions and innovations by using the commitment to historicity as a test case across this nexus of late antique commentators.