Authorization of Texts by Means of Commentary in Antiquity – A Comparative Approach
by Professor Christoph Markschies
Fellow, Israel Institute for Advanced Studies and Professor of Ancient Christianity (Patristics) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Thursday, March 30, 2017
10:30, Beit Belgia
Jews and Christians who wrote commentaries to the Bible were not the only authors of commentaries in antiquity. Numerous scholarly commentaries on texts from different academic fields have survived – law, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, engineering and many others. In those works authors dealt not only with philological, exegetical and hermeneutical problems; by means of the commentaries textual communities authorized their “canonical texts“. By a comparative analysis of certain prologues to such commentaries, similarities and differences will be highlighted, with specific focus the commentaries of Origen, a Christian scholar in third century Caesarea, on Genesis, the first book of the Bible.