patristics | manuscripts

Fresh issue of Vigiliae Christianae (72.1)

The latest issue of Vigiliae Christianae, 72.1 (2018), is just out and contains several interesting articles. I’ll just mention here two which caught my eye, with their abstracts.


Dragoș Andrei Giulea, “Basil of Caesarea’s Authorship of Epistle 361 and His Relationship with the Homoiousians Reconsidered

A comparative analysis of Ep. 361 and Eun. 1.19 in terms of language and ideas will offer a renewed confirmation (on internal grounds) of Basil of Caesarea’s authorship of Ep. 361 and a new perspective on Basil’s relationship with the Homoiousians. In addition, the article will also retrace the steps and revisit the purpose of Basil’s argument. Thus we discover in the early Basil an author simultaneously receptive to both Homoiousian and pro-Nicene visions, but leaning towards an improved Homoiousian solution. The article further investigates Basil’s vision of ousia in Ep. 361 and finds that—unlike in his later, mature, period—the early Basil shares with the Homoiousians and Eusebius of Caesarea two doctrinal elements, namely the understanding of ousia as individual substance and an associated theology of “likeness”. He inherits this view from a tradition originating in the third century, which received its official confirmation at the council of Antioch in 268. This vision is also present in the first part of Basil’s Contra Eunomium. Instead of considering Basil as a Homoiousian, one may see him, together with Eusebius and the Homoiousians, as a representative of the Antiochene legacy.

This a extensive, 30-page, contribution. The author’s page is here, I imagine the article will probably soon pop up there.

Mark Grundeken, “Diakone in Rom? Das Zeugnis des Hirten des Hermas

This article challenges the common opinion that the Shepherd of Hermas gives evidence for the office of deacon in the early Christian communities in Rome (Vis. 3.5.1; Sim. 9.15.4; 9.26.2). It suggests that the mention of the διάκονοι within the context of Hermas’ call to µετάνοια as “admirable” respectively “despicable” believers makes it difficult to decide whether these examples are existing or imaginary figures. Moreover, it notes that the διάκονοι, unlike the presiding presbyters (Vis. 2.2.6-7; 2.4.2-3; 3.9.7), are not associated with the ἐκκλησία in Rome and not directly addressed. The article is meant to be a prelude to new enquiries into the development of offices in the early church.

Seems convincing to me at a first look.


New Journal on Religious Text and Religious Art: Museikon 1 (2017)

For those interested in manuscript studies in the vicinity of art history, and generally in the intersection of religious art and religious texts, there is now a new journal: Museikon: A Journal of Religious Art and Culture/Revue d’art et de culture religieuse, based in Alba Iulia, Romania. The first issue, 1 (2017), has just been published and is all readily available online – you can find it here. I’ve pasted the TOC below for convenience.

I contributed to the issue a short note on John 3:5 in Codex Sinaiticus. Most articles, however, are dealing with various issues in iconography which will be of interest in particular to those with a penchant for art history and medieval and later Eastern European churches. Enjoy!


Ana Dumitran & Vladimir Agrigoroaei, Editorial / Éditorial

Studies / Études :

Dan Batovici, The τῶν οὐρανῶν Variant Reading in John 3:5

Estelle Ingrand-Varenne, Parcelles de mots et de lieux saints : La croix-reliquaire de Brageac

Dragoş Gh. Năstăsoiu, Anna Adashinskaya, New Information on the Dating of the Murals of St. Nicholas Church in Ribiţa: A Hypothesis

Vlad Bedros, La Mère de Dieu, allégorie de la nourriture spirituelle : À propos d’une inscription de l’église Saint-Georges de Hârlău

Mirosław P. Kruk, The Ἄνωθεν οἱ προφῆται in Dionysius’s Hermeneia, a source for the iconography of the Mother of God surrounded by prophets?

Emanuela Cernea, André Lecomte du Noüy and the frescoes of the Curtea de Argeş Monastery

Vera Tchentsova, Pour un corpus des inscriptions grecques de l’église Saint-Sauveur de Berestovo

Ioan Ovidiu Abrudan, Reconstructing the Image of the Old Altar Screen of the Orthodox Church in ‘Maierii Sibiului’

Laura Jiga Iliescu, La poudre aux yeux des saints : Contributions ethnologiques au dossier des peintures murales endommagées en Roumanie

Sister Atanasia Văetiși, Preliminaries to a history of Bucharest iconostases of 18th-19th centuries

Heritage / Patrimoine :

Cristina Bogdan (interview), A Glimpse towards the Inside. A dialogue with painter Constantin Cioc

Korondi Ágnes, Codices and Codex Fragments: A Hungarian Workshop of Codicology and Medieval Literature

Sarkadi-Nagy Emese, The Christian Museum in Esztergom and its recently published online catalogue

Irina Baldescu, Mălâncrav / Malmkrog (Laslea, Sibiu). La chiesa fortificata: Rilievo

Henrik von Achen, The Icon Exhibition “Kissed again and again”

Echoes / Échos :

Les ‘Ateliers Museikon’ : une expérience

Riforma e movimenti religiosi: nuova rivista

Monumenta linguae Dacoromanorum. Biblia 1688 : une monumentale édition critique

Confessional Fluidity and the Byzantine inheritance in Early Modern Ruthenian Society: conference

Heresy and Bible Translation in the Middle Ages and at the Dawn of the Renaissance : journée d’études

Latest publications / actualité éditoriale

The Cross – An Imprint upon the Living Space: exhibition

Greek & Coptic papyrology summer school

News just in via the PAPY mailing list. The announcement goes like this:

The Dept. of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo and the Papyrus Collection of the University of Oslo Library invite applications for participation in the summer course in Papyrology to take place in Oslo 18-22 June 2018. The course gives 5 ECTS credit points. Coursework includes lectures, supervised work with papyri from the collection, and a written assignment (see details below). The focus will be on Greek and Coptic papyrology in keeping with the holdings of the Oslo collection.
The course is designed for advanced bachelor, master, and early PhD students of Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology and related subjects. Participants will hear lectures on the contents and classification of papyri, editorial method, and the socio-historical and linguistic context of papyri from Egypt from Hellenistic times to late Antiquity. They will also work with an unpublished papyrus (Greek or Coptic depending on their linguistic competence), the edition of which constitutes the written assignment (work with the edition will begin in Oslo under supervision and will be continued after the course; if the academic quality of the submitted work is satisfactory, a revised version of the edition may be included in forthcoming volumes of Oslo papyri). A session will be dedicated to the basics of papyrus conservation and will be followed by practical exercises in papyrus conservation.
Anastasia Maravela (University of Oslo)
Joanne Vera Stolk (University of Oslo/Ghent University)
Ágnes Tothné Mihálykó (University of Oslo)
Jens Mangerud (University of Oslo)
Jörg Graf (Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig)
Jenny Cromwell (University of Copenhagen)
Formal requirements: a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in ancient Greek or an introductory course in the Coptic language. Full participation in the lectures and the supervised work is required to be eligible to submit the written assignment and receive the creditation.
Please submit your application by March 1st, 2018 to
The application should include:
–    A letter of motivation (including the preference for working with a Greek or a Coptic papyrus)
–    CV including relevant exam results
–    A letter of recommendation by an academic teacher/tutor, which describes the candidate’s academic record, knowledge of the relevant language (Greek and/or Coptic) and previous acquaintance with papyrology.
– There is no course fee.
– Course materials will be sent to successful applicants in electronic form.
– Accommodation in Oslo will be covered for successful applicants.
– Participants must pay their travel expenses.
The organisers
Anastasia Maravela    Joanne Stolk    Ágnes T. Mihálykó
Anastasia Maravela
Professor of Ancient Greek/ Co-editor of Symbolae Osloenses
Dept. of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas
University of Oslo
Pb. 1020 Blindern
0315 Oslo

New Issue of Biblische Notizen: “Manuscripts, Their Texts, and Their Use in Biblical and Patristic Studies”

I’ve just heard news that the latest issue of Biblische Notizen is published – BN 175 (2017). It contains the outcome of the third conference on biblical and early Christian studies which I co-organised in St Andrews: “Manuscripts, Their Texts, and Their Use in Biblical and Patristic Studies”.

The general aim of this thematic issue (as was that of the conference) is to sample a variety of approaches in textual criticism across some fields in Biblical Studies and in Patristics. There are nine contributions, three of them focussing respectively on manuscripts in Second Temple Judaism studies, New Testament, and Patristics.


Here is a link to the publisher’s website. You can find the introduction here. And here goes the TOC:

Dan Batovici
Introduction: Manuscripts, Their Texts and Their Use in Biblical and Patristic Studies 

Andrea Ravasco
Scribal Processes in the Qumran Scrolls: The Case of 2Sam 15:1 in 4QSama and 4QSamc 

Lindsey A. Askin
A Contradictory Text: Authorship, Redaction, and Interpolation in Jubilees 

Laura Quick
Manuscripts and their (Proof-)Texts: Paradigms for Purity and Holiness in the Community Rule and the Damascus Document 

Benjamin Laird
Early Titles of the Pauline Letters and the Formation of the Pauline Corpus 

Jordan Almanzar
Codex Z in Galatians: Employing and Inventing Readings in the Fourth Century 

Peter Malik
The Nomina Sacra in the Marcan Portion of Codex Vaticanus: A Note on the Scribal Habits 

Dan Batovici
The Shepherd’s Abbreviations in Codex Sinaiticus 

Donatella Tronca
Libri maioris ecclesiae veronensis: The Works of Augustine of Hippo in the Cathedral Library of Verona 

Madalina Toca
The Greek Manuscript Reception of Isidore of Pelusium’s Epistolary Corpus 

Fresh: Summer Institute in Greek Papyrology, at Washington University

I mentioned in a previous post three great summer schools (here). Here’s a fourth for you:

Summer Institute in Papyrology – 2018
Washington University, St Louis
July 9 – August 11, 2018
Sponsored by the American Society of Papyrologists 

Call For Applications

​Summer Institute in Papyrology at Washington University in St. Louis
9 July – 11 August 2018

Read the rest of the announcement, with further details, here. Deadline 2 February 2018.

Workshop on ‘Armenia & Byzantium without Border’ in Vienna in April

Just a couple of days before the deadline. Nice PhD and early career workshop in a nice place. And they offer coverage of travel and accommodation costs, which only adds to the niceness. Deadline October 31.


1 Peter at Wycliffe Hall

If you happen to be around, tomorrow I will be offering a lecture in the Wycliffe Hall New Testament Research Group in Oxford on “Mark, the Elders, and 1 Peter in late Antiquity”.

I’ll be speaking a bit about the Novum Testamentum Patristicum project, about the nature of the sources for 1 Peter, and then will discuss a couple of examples from the reception of 1Pt 5:1 and 1Pt 5:13. Here’s the poster:

Wycliffe Hall Lecture

Cool summer schools ahead (on Greek manuscripts, Coptic papyri, and papyrus conservation)

Three important summer school are up for next year, so I thought I might mention them here, in the order of their approaching deadlines. I’ve taken park in previous editions of the first two, and I couldn’t recommend them more warmly.

1) Papyrus Conservation Summer Seminar | Ann Arbor, 11-22 June 2018 | Deadline 1 November 2017

2) Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography | Oxford, 30 July – 4 August 2018 | Deadline 15 January 2018

3) The Sixth Summer School in Coptic PapyrologyParis, 3-11 July 2018 | Deadline 15 March 2018


Here are more details for the first and the third, which arrived via emails with no link attached.


Papyrus Conservation Summer Seminar

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI | Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 22, 2018

Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Papyrology Collection of the University of Michigan Library will host a two-week seminar in papyrus conservation from Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 22, 2018 directed by Conservation Librarian/Conservator Marieka Kaye.

Participants will receive an in-depth, hands-on introduction to papyrus conservation. They will learn about the tools and materials used in papyrus conservation as well as the theory and methodology behind current conservation techniques. They will then utilize these techniques to perform a range of treatment on papyri from the University of Michigan’s Collection, including written documentation, digital photo-documentation, mechanical cleaning, damp treatments, reduction of folds, alignment of fibers, alignment of fragments, and methods of housing and storage.

Due to space constraints, the number of participants is strictly limited to six. Preference will be given to scholars and conservators who are directly involved with papyrus conservation, whether in papyrus collections or archaeological excavations.

There is no course fee for the seminar which is supported by the University of Michigan Papyrology Collection; participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging and meals. All required tools will be provided for use during the seminar and participants will have the option of purchasing them at cost at the conclusion of the seminar. All participants are required to offer a presentation on their home institution’s papyrus conservation issues, experiences, and concerns. A certificate of participation will be provided at the end of the seminar.

The Instructor: Marieka Kaye has served as a conservator of books, paper, and papyrus at the University of Michigan since 2013, where she studied papyrus conservation with Leyla Lau-Lamb. She comes to the University of Michigan after serving as a book and paper conservator for 8 years at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. She received a Masters degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Marieka began to work in the field of library conservation as a Preservation Assistant at Brandeis University in 1998. She went on to work as Library Preservation Assistant at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Conservation Assistant for Exhibitions and Loans at the New-York Historical Society. She also completed advanced internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Municipal Archives, Syracuse University, Etherington Conservation Services, and the University of California Los Angeles.

To apply please send contact information, a statement summarizing relevant conservation or papyrological experience and responsibilities (maximum 600 words), and one letter of recommendation in PDF format to:

Marieka Kaye:

Deadline for applications is 1 November 2017. | Received through the Digest for PapyrusConservation.


The Sixth Summer School in Coptic papyrologyParis, July 3-11, 2018

The sixth summer school in Coptic Papyrology will be held in Paris from the 3rd to 11th of July 2018. It follows the summer schools held in Vienna 2006, Leipzig 2008, Strasbourg 2010, Heidelberg 2012, and Barcelona 2014. The event will be organised by Anne Boud’hors (IRHT/CNRS) et Alain Delattre (Université libre de Bruxelles/EPHE) around the collection of the Papyrological Institute of the Sorbonne ( The Collège de France, the Laboratoire d’excellence Religions et sociétés dans le monde méditerranéen (Labex Resmed) and the Association francophone de coptologie (AFC) are also taking part in the organization and funding of this event.

Students from fields such as Coptology, Egyptology, Papyrology, Classics, religious studies, Ancient History, Arabic studies, or Byzantine studies are invited to participate, provided they have acquired a solid knowledge of Coptic.

Unlike previous summer schools, this one will only concern documentary Coptic papyri (letters, legal documents, accounts, etc.), and possibly some ostraca. Students will have the opportunity to work on an unpublished original papyrus and will have the possibility to publish it in a collective volume.

A fee of € 400,- will include participation in all classes and activities, as well as accommodation in a nearby residence hall, daily breakfast and lunch.

The number of places is restricted to 15.

How to apply?

Applications should contain:

1. The applicant’s curriculum vitae.

2. An application letter.

3. One letter of reference.

Please send the application to:

Dr. Anne Boud’hors

Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, CNRS

Section Grecque et de l’Orient chrétien

52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine

75005 Paris


The deadline for applications is 15 March 2018. Applicants will be informed whether they have been successful at the beginning of April 2018.


Classes will be taught by papyrologists specialized in palaeography and the decipherment of non-literary hands as well as on relationships between documents and other textual or archaeological evidence. For practical exercise, each student will be given an unpublished document to work on, in the prospect of presenting it at the end of the session and publishing it in a collective volume, as in CPR XXXI or P.Stras.Copt.

Main instructors of the summer school will be María Jesús Albarrán (Barcelone/Madrid), Lajos Berkes (Berlin), Anne Boud’hors (Paris), Alain Delattre (Bruxelles), Esther Garel (Vienne), T. Sebastian Richter (Berlin), and Gesa Schenke (Oxford). Speakers will also include James Cowey (Heidelberg), Jean-Luc Fournet (Paris), Loreleï Vanderheyden (Paris), and Naïm Vanthieghem (Bruxelles/Paris).

Classes will be taught in English. | Received through PAPY Digest.

Fresh Issues of BASP and JTS

Haven’t received the hard copies yet, but over the last couple of days I heard news that JTS 68.2 (2017) and BASP 54 (2017) have just been published. Contents are available here and here.

In BAPS 54 there are plenty of good articles. I’ll just mention Lincoln Blumell’s article on “An Amulet Containing Acts 9:1“:

Edition of a previously unpublished New Testament papyrus in the J. Rendel Harris Collection at the University of Birmingham. The papyrus preserves a single verse from the book of Acts (9:1) and likely dates to the late third or fourth century. Given the physical characteristics of this papyrus it seems likely that it was manufactured as an amulet. However, the use of Acts 9:1, a verse about Saul ‘breathing out threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord’, is rather curious and deserves some elucidation.

From JTS 68.2 I’ll just briefly mention Brent Nongbri and Stuart George Hall’s article on “Melito’s Peri Pascha 1-5 as Recovered from a ‘Lost’ Leaf of Papyrus Bodmer XIII” (for which see here), Lincoln Blumell’s “P.Mich. inv. 4461KR: The Earliest Fragment of the Didascalia CCCXVIII Patrum Nicaenorum“, Doru Costache’s “Revisiting the Date of Chrysostom’s Homilies on Genesis” (for which see here).

My article in BASP 54 is available here, and my short piece in JTS 68.2 here.


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