Category Archives: Patristics

The Greek Version of Stephen of Thebes’ Ascetic Rules

The Rules (ʼΕντολαὶ) of Stephen of Thebes have survived in numerous Greek and Old Slavonic manuscripts. As Father Filotheus Bălan (Petru Vodă Monastery, Romania), with whom I often discuss about Patristics, shows in a forthcoming book, the Rules of Stephen are … Continue reading

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The Gǝʿǝz version of Stephen of Thebes’ Sermo asceticus

My current projects include the editio princeps of the Gǝʿǝz version of Stephen of Thebes’ Sermo asceticus, which is preserved in an unicum, namely EMML 4493, ff. 103r-105r (dated 1528 CE). Stephen is one of the most mysterious Egyptian ascetical … Continue reading

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“I am the King, I am the Son of the King”. Psalm 71:1 (LXX) in the Apocryphon Berolinense/Argentoratense (aka Unbekanntes Berliner Evangelium), Coptic Literature and Patristics (Paper Delivered in Honour of Peter Nagel)

On April 26-27 I participated in a symposium organized on the occasion of Peter Nagel’s 75th anniversary. The symposium took place at the Coptic monastery of St. Mary and St. Mauritius in Höxter-Brenkhausen (near Göttingen). There I had the opportunity … Continue reading

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Articles available to download. A. Suciu, “A Coptic Fragment from the History of Joseph the Carpenter in the Collection of Duke University Library,” Harvard Theological Review 106:1 (2013) 93-104 (PDF) The History of Joseph the Carpenter (BHO 532–533; CANT 60; … Continue reading

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More Coptic Fragments from an Encomium on the Apostles (Ps-Severian of Gabala, Encomium in XII apostolos)

In this post I drew attention to a Coptic encomium on the twelve apostles, attributed to Severian of Gabala (CPG 4281; clavis coptica 0331). Sever Voicu published, in the journal Apocrypha, an extensive and well-documented article concerning the apocryphal traditions … Continue reading

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J.A. de Aldama – Repertorium pseudochrysostomicum

The Repertorium pseudochrysostomicum, compiled by José Antonio de Aldama, is an invaluable tool for those interested in Patristic studies. The repertory consists of a total of 581 pseudo-Chrysostomic works preserved in Greek, which are arranged alphabetically according to their incipit. … Continue reading

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Roger Pearse on Origen’s Homilies on the Psalms

Over at Roger Pearse’s blog, you can read two interesting posts about the homilies on the Psalms by Origen, which have been recovered recently in a Greek manuscript kept in the Bavarian State Library in Munich. In the first post, … Continue reading

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Lorenzo Perrone About Origen’s Newly Discovered Homilies on the Psalms

Via Lorenzo Perrone: Bologna, the 10th of June 2012 Dear Colleagues and Friends, On the 21st of May, a day after the first severe earthquake since centuries began to shake my region, I was asked an expertise on a Greek … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Mark Bilby on the Recent Discovery of Origen’s Homilies on the Psalms

N.B.: Mark relied on the information supplied in the modern Latin note which opens the manuscript. For the real content of the codex cf. “update 2” of my previous post. This is a major find. The note in the Corpus … Continue reading

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The Rediscovery of Origen’s Homilies on the Psalms (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Cod. graec. 314)

The Bavarian State Library in Munich announces that Origen’s homilies on the Psalms have been discovered in an 11th century Greek manuscript. Excerpt from the press release: Spektakulärer Fund: Griechische Originalpredigten des Origenes von Alexandria entdeckt Bei der Katalogisierung der … Continue reading

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More Fragments From the Catechetical Orations of St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Coptic

In 1974, Tito Orlandi published a volume containing some of the Coptic literary papyri in the collection of the Austrian National Library in Vienna.[1] His publication revealed the existence of several previously unknown Coptic versions of Greek Patristic works. Equally … Continue reading

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Another Patristic Text Attested in Coptic: Gregory of Nazianzus Oration 16 (Pennsylvania University Museum E 16310)

A few days ago, I pointed out that the Pennsylvania University Museum holds a previously unidentified fragment from the Coptic version of the Apophthegmata Patrum. I shall now discuss another unidentified fragment from this collection. Pennsylvania University Museum E 16310 … Continue reading

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Guest Post Yavor Miltenov: The Versiones Slavicae Project – An Electronic Corpus of Medieval Slavic Translations Is Under Construction

I am delaying my post about the identification of another Coptic fragment in the Pennsylvania University Museum in order to publish Yavor Miltenov’s interesting report on a new Patristic project. As a result of the work of generations of philologists, the … Continue reading

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A New Fragment from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The University of Pennsylvania Coptic Fragment E 16395

Dr. Janet Timbie, from the Catholic University of America, informed me some time ago that Robert A. Kraft has been working on a catalogue of the manuscripts and papyri held in the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Those interested in the … Continue reading

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The Louvain Papyrus Fragments from the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah

Recently, I wrote on the blog about some papyrus fragments of a codex which contained the Coptic version of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah. The fragments were kept in the library of the Catholic University in Louvain, but they were … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Mark Bilby – As the Bandit Will I Confess You: Luke 23.39–43 in Early Christian Interpretation

Recently, Mark Bilby successfully defended his PhD dissertation at the University of Virginia (advisor: Harry Y. Gamble). Mark’s thesis is entitled As the Bandit Will I Confess You: Luke 23.39-43 in Early Christian Interpretation. He was kind enough to use … Continue reading

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A Lost Coptic Fragment from a Sermon on Penitence by Severian of Gabala (CPG 4186)

In a recent post, I identified a series of papyrus fragments from the Coptic version of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah. The fragments formerly belonged to the library of the University of Louvain, but they disappeared forever in a fire … Continue reading

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R. Draguet – Julien d’Halicarnasse

R. Draguet, Julien d’Halicarnasse et sa controverse avec Sévère d’Antioche sur l’incorruptibilité du corps du Christ (Louvain: Imprimerie P. Smeesters, 1924) download here. This book explores the background of the so-called heresy of the aphthartodocetae, a non-Chalcedonian movement initiated by … Continue reading

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J.-C. Guy, Recherches sur la tradition grecque des Apophthegmata Patrum

J.-C. Guy, Recherches sur la tradition grecque des Apophthegmata Patrum (Subsidia hagiographica, 36; Bruxelles: Société des Bollandistes, 1962). The book (66.5 MB) is available here. Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS K321b verso. Parchment leaf with the text of the Apophthegmata Patrum … Continue reading

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A Coptic Codex of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah (Guillaumont Codex A)

The Coptic version of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah became known due to Antoine Guillaumont edition of several fragmentary Sahidic witnesses.[1] A few years before this edition appeared, Guillaumont published in Mélanges Crum a list of the available Coptic manuscripts … Continue reading

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