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Threads and Images

The Use of Scripture in Apophthegmata Patrum

Per Ronnegard

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$35.95 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-1-57506-808-4

232 pages
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2010

Coniectanea Biblica New Testament Series

Threads and Images

The Use of Scripture in Apophthegmata Patrum

Per Ronnegard

Whenever religious texts are read as holy Scripture, an individual or an interpretive community appropriates the text by assuming that the text has relevance “today”—that is, there is a reference to the present in the text. By pointing out such a referent, the texts are contextualized. This study analyses this process as it is expressed in Apophthegmata Patrum (The Sayings of the Desert Fathers).

 

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Whenever religious texts are read as holy Scripture, an individual or an interpretive community appropriates the text by assuming that the text has relevance “today”—that is, there is a reference to the present in the text. By pointing out such a referent, the texts are contextualized. This study analyses this process as it is expressed in Apophthegmata Patrum (The Sayings of the Desert Fathers).

The prominent historian Peter Brown has called the collection “the last and one of the greatest products of the Wisdom Literature of the ancient Near East.” It has had a tremendous influence on Christian monasticism in the East as well as the West, and the different collections are widely read today. This publication is the first major text-centered study of the use of Scripture in Apophthegmata Patrum. Thirty-two sayings are analyzed in detail. The analyses, together with examples taken from the whole range of sayings of the Greek systematic collection of Apophthegmata Patrum, form the basis of systematization. One set of categories is developed in terms of how the threads of biblical material are woven into the new text of Apophthegmata Patrum to bear on questions relevant to its first readers. Another set of categories is developed in terms of the role biblical texts have in individual sayings, and it becomes evident to what extent the Bible functions pedagogically as a source of images to illustrate the teachings of the Fathers and Mothers of the desert.

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER TWO: TEXT AND METHOD

1. The Text

1.1 Collections and Versions

1.2 Genre

1.3 Historicity

1.4 The Bible used in AP

2. Method

2.1 Previous Research

2.2 Purpose and Procedure of the Present Study

3. Summary of Selection and Mode of Procedure

CHAPTER THREE: ANALYSES OF SAYINGS

Introduction

1. Some Simple Uses Of Scripture

2. Analyses of More Complex Uses of Scripture

CHAPTER FOUR: DIFFERENT WAYS OF USING SCRIPTURE IN APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM

Introduction

1. Ways of Pointing Out the Referent of a Bible Text

1.1 Connecting the biblical text to an external referent

1.2 Adaptations and focalizations of the Bible text itself

1.3 Connecting Biblical Texts to Each Other

1.4 Summary

2. The Different Roles of the Bible Text in Individual Sayings

2.1 The Bible as something to be explained/ “Exegesis”

2.2 The Bible as support for ethical or other teaching/“Proof texts”

2.3 The Bible as a source of images/ “Illustrative use”

2.4 The Bible as Classic to be imitated/ “Mimetic use”

2.5 Other Roles of the Bible

2.6 Summary

3. The Use of Scripture in AP in Light of the Ergasia Pattern

3.1 The paraphrase or chreia proper (..e.a)

3.2 Authority of the elders (...s..)

3.3 Example (pa..de..µa)

3.4 Comparison (pa.ass...)

3.5 Summary

CHAPTER FIVE: CONCLUSIONS

APPENDIX: List of Quotations, Paraphrases and Allusions in AP

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEXES

PLATE

SUMMARY IN SWEDISH

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