Article to Appear in the Next Issue of the Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum

Today I received the galley proofs of my article “Pseudo-Theophili Alexandrini Sermo de Cruce et Latrone. An Edition from M595 with Parallels and Translation,” which will be published in the next issue of the Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum – Journal of Ancient Christianity (due to appear in December 2012). I will put up on the blog the PDF version once it is published. Up until then, if you are interested to read the text I edited, you can find the proofs in the “Curriculum vitae” page.

The abstract of the article:

The present article offers the edition, accompanied by an English translation, of a Coptic homily on the Cross and the Good Thief (CPG 2622; clavis coptica 0395) attributed to Theophilus of Alexandria. The edition is based on the Pierpont Morgan codex M595, ff. 141ro-148ro, a 9th century parchment codex, which belonged to the Monastery of the Archangel Michael, situated near Hamuli in the Fayyum oasis. The critical apparatus records the variant readings of the three other surviving manuscripts of Ps.-Theophilus’ sermon. The introduction contains the description of the manuscripts, as well as a commentary which links the sermon on the Cross and the Good Thief by Ps.-Theophilus to the Patristic exegetical tradition. Literary connections between the long hymn to the Cross, which appears in the text edited here, and similar material in the pseudo-Chrysostomic work In venerabilem crucem sermo (CPG 4525) are also pointed out.

Der vorliegende Beitrag bietet Edition und Übersetzung einer koptischen Homilie zum „Kreuz und dem guten Dieb“ (CPG 2622; clavis coptica 0395), welche Theophilus von Alexandria zugeschrieben wird. Die Edition basiert auf dem Pierpont Morgan Codex M595, ff. 141ro-148ro, einem Pergament-Codex aus dem 9. Jahrhundert, der zum Kloster des Erzengels Michael bei Hamuli in der Fayyum Oase gehörte. Der kritische Apparat belegt die verschiedenen Lesarten der drei anderen verbliebenen Manuskripte dieser Predigt. In der Einleitung fi ndet sich eine Beschreibung der Manuskripte sowie ein Kommentar, der die Predigt über das „Kreuz und den guten Dieb“ von Pseudo-Theophilus ins Verhältnis zur patristischen exegetischen Tradition setzt. Auf literarische Verbindungen zwischen der langen Hymne auf das Kreuz im hier editierten Text und vergleichbarem Stoff im pseudo-Chrysostsomischen Werk In venerabilem crucem sermo (CPG 4525) wird hingewiesen.


About Alin Suciu

I am a researcher at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. I write mostly on Coptic literature, Patristics, and apocryphal texts.
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