Journal of Early Christian Studies

Journal of Early Christian Studies
Volume 13, Number 2, Summer 2005

CONTENTS

    Barrett-Lennard, R. J. S.
  • The Canons of Hippolytus and Christian Concern with Illness, Health, and Healing
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hippolytus, Antipope, ca. 170-235 or 6. Canons of Hippolytus.
    • Healing -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
    • Healing -- Egypt.
    Abstract:
      In this article I examine the theme of illness, health, and healing in the fourth-century Egyptian text, the Canons of Hippolytus. The study seeks to discover what may be distinctive in the Canons as a later reworking of the text known as the Apostolic Tradition. I explore the theme in the Canons under the headings of: (1) the general ministry to the sick by all members of the local church community; (2) the ministry to the sick by those with a charismatic gift of healing; and (3) the ministry to the sick by the bishop and other church leaders. I go on to argue in the light of this analysis that there is a stronger degree of emphasis on this theme in the community that produced the Canons than in other Christian communities outside Egypt for which we have evidence. And I suggest that when this evidence is coupled with evidence from an analysis of the theme in the Egyptian Sacramentary of Sarapion (or Prayers of Sarapion), it may indicate a feature of Christian life that is distinctive to Egypt in terms of the level of interest in, and concern for, this theme in that part of the Christian world in the third and particularly the fourth century.
    Rousseau, Philip.
  • The Pious Household and the Virgin Chorus: Reflections on Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Macrina
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gregory, of Nyssa, Saint, ca. 335-ca. 394. Vita Sanctae Macrinae.
    • Macrina, the Younger, Saint, ca. 330-379 or 380.
    • Family -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
    Abstract:
      This article suggests that Macrina presided over an ascetic community more domestic than institutional. After exploring the distinction between a personal view (in this case Gregory's) and objective reportage, the author analyses, first, vocabulary that refers most to family and household; and, second, vocabulary that might anticipate later institutional developments. The first set at once enfolds and modifies the second. The conclusion is that Macrina was, throughout her life, a thoroughly domestic figure and that the community described in the Life is best thought of as an extended family. The setting of the successive anecdotes and the long description of Macrina's death and funeral are compatible with—indeed, supportive of—that "pre-institutional" portrayal.
    Milovanovic, Celica.
  • Sailing to Sophistopolis: Gregory of Nazianzus and Greek Declamation
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gregory, of Nazianzus, Saint.
    • Oratory, Ancient.
    Abstract:
      Declamation, as a fictitious speech on a popular stock theme, was developed in the schools of rhetoric as a means of practicing the rules of forensic oratory, the so-called staseis. A subset of those stock themes was concerned with school life in general, and the teacher-student animosity in particular. Gregory of Nazianzus might have used the school-related themes as inspiration for some of his own speeches, e.g., Orations 3, 33, 36, etc. Given the fact that a declamation was supposed to demonstrate a good knowledge of the various techniques of argument, but was not expected to be based on real events, one should exercise caution in reading and interpreting Gregory's speeches as historical sources. Also, the place of their delivery (lecture hall perhaps), as well as the occasion (feast days of saints and martyrs, i.e., the panēgureis), give further indication that the speeches in question were not sermons/homilies strictly speaking, but rather educational show pieces sui generis.

Note

    Doyle, Daniel Edward, 1953-
  • Spread throughout the World: Hints on Augustine's Understanding of Petrine Ministry
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    Subject Headings:
    • Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo.
    • Church -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600.

Book Reviews

    Heintz, Michael.
  • Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ehrman, Bart D. Lost Christianities: the battles for Scripture and the faiths we never knew.
    • Apocryphal books (New Testament) -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
    Smith, Clyde Curry.
  • Lost Scriptures: Books That Did Not Make It into the New Testament (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ehrman, Bart D., ed. Lost scriptures: books that did not make it into the New Testament.
    • Apocryphal books (New Testament)
    Drake, H. A. (Harold Allen), 1942-
  • The Early Development of Canon Law and the Council of Serdica (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hess, Hamilton. Early development of Canon law and the Council of Serdica.
    • Canon law -- History.
    Schott, Jeremy.
  • Lactantius: Divine Institutes (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lactantius, ca. 240-ca. 320. Lactantius: Divine institutes.
    • Bowen, Anthony, tr.
    • Garnsey, Peter, tr.
    • Church history -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
    Mathews, Edward G., 1954-
  • Old Testament Homilies (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • John Chrysostom, Saint, d. 407. Old Testament homilies.
    • Hill, Robert C. (Robert Charles), 1931-, tr.
    • Bible. O.T. -- Sermons.
    McGuckin, John Anthony.
  • The Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Keating, Daniel A. Appropriation of divine life in Cyril of Alexandria.
    • Cyril, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria, ca. 375-444.
    Harvey, Susan Ashbrook.
  • Proclus of Constantinople and the Cult of the Virgin in Late Antiquity: Homilies 1-5, Texts and Translations (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Constas, Nicholas. Proclus of Constantinople and the cult of the Virgin in late antiquity: homilies 1-5, texts and translation.
    • Proclus, Saint, Patriarch of Constantinople, ca. 390-ca. 446. Homilies. Homily 1-5.
    Berthold, George C. (George Charles)
  • La résurrection chez les Pères (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Centre d'analyse et de documentation patristiques (France) Résurrection chez les Pères.
    • Resurrection -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
    Miller, Patricia Cox, 1947-
  • The Sex Lives of Saints: An Erotics of Ancient Hagiography (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Burrus, Virginia. Sex lives of saints: an erotics of ancient hagiography.
    • Sex -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines.
    Behr, John.
  • The First Christian Theologians: An Introduction to Theology in the Early Church (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Evans, G. R. (Gillian Rosemary), ed. First Christian theologians: an introduction to theology in the early church.
    • Theology -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
    Swanson, Mark N.
  • The Reformation of Morals: A Parallel Arabic-English Edition (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Yahya ibn 'Adi, ca. 893-974. Reformation of morals: a parallel Arabic-English edition.
    • Griffith, Sidney Harrison, tr.
    • Christian ethics -- Jacobite authors.

Books Received




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