Arche: A Collection of Patristic Studies

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During the past forty years J.C.M. van Winden OFM, Emeritus Professor of Early Christian Literature at Leiden University and editor of Vigiliae Christianae, has built up an impressive body of published research on early Christian thought and related areas of Greek and Jewish philosophy.
In this volume in honour of his 75th birthday his more important contributions, originally published in a wide range of journals and other publications, have been collected together. These are grouped together in five categories: The archè in early christian thought, Essays on the Church Fathers, Philonica, Plotiniana, Essays on the relation between Greek and Patristic Thought.
The volume includes a hitherto unpublished survey article on early Christian exegesis of 'the beginning' in Gen. 1:1 (in German), English translations of five contributions originally published in Dutch, and a complete bibliography of Pater van Winden's scholarly work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004108349
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements Series, #41
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David T. Runia, D. Litt. (1983) is Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Leiden and C.J. de Vogel Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Utrecht.
J. den Boeft is Professor of Latin at the Free University of Amsterdam, and Professor of Hellenistic Religions at the University of Utrecht.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The arche in Early Christian Thought
1 Fruhchristliche Bibelexegese. 'Der Anfang' 3
2 'St. Ambrose's Interpretation of the Concept of Matter' 49
3 'Some Additional Observations of St. Ambrose's Concept of Matter' 59
4 'In the Beginning: Some Observations on the Patristic Interpretations of Genesis 1, 1' 61
5 In the Beginning: Early Christian Exegesis of the Term arche in Genesis 1:1 78
6 'The Early Christian Exegesis of 'Heaven and Earth' in Genesis 1,1' 94
7 "Terra autem stupida quadam erat admiratione": Reflections on a Remarkable Translation of Genesis 1:2a 107
8 "An Appropriate Beginning': the Opening Passage of Saint Basil's In Hexaemeron' 116
9 "Idea' and 'Matter' in the Early Christian Exegesis of the First Words of Genesis: a Chapter in the Encounter between Greek Philosophy and Christian Thought' 124
10 'Notiz uber [actual symbol not reproducible] bei Gregor von Nyssa' 146
11 'Once Again Caelum Caeli: is Augustine's Argument in Confessions XII consistent?' 151
Pt. 2 Essays on the Church Fathers
12 'Notes on Origen, Contra Celsum' 161
13 'Origen's Definition of [actual symbol not reproducible] in De oratione 14,2' 174
14 'On the Date of Athanasius' Apologetical Treatises' 176
15 'Gregoire de Nysse, De anima et resurrectione, PG 46 17A' 181
16 'A Textual Problem in Gregory of Nyssa, Apologia in Hexaemeron, ch. 69' 182
17 'A Textual Problem in Gregory of Nyssa's In sanctum Pascha (GNO IX,254,8) 183
18 A Christian Phaedo (valedictory address, Leiden 1987) 186
19 Review of C. Apostolopoulos, Phaedo Christianus: Studien zur Verbindung und Abwagung des Verhaltnisses zwischen dem platonischen "Phaidon" und dem Dialog Gregors von Nyssa "Uber die Seele und die Auferstehung" 198
Pt. 3 Philonica
20 'Quotations from Philo in Clement of Alexandria's Protrepticus' 207
21 'The First Fragment of Philo's Quaestiones in Genesim' 213
22 'The World of Ideas in Philo of Alexandria: an Interpretation of De opificio mundi 24-25' 219
Pt. 4 Plotiniana
23 'A Crucial Passage in Plotinus, Enn. VI 9,7' 231
24 'Plotinus, Enn. III 7.13.49-53' 233
25 'Das [actual symbol not reproducible] in Plotin Enn. VI 9, 7, 4' 235
Pt. 5 Essays on the relation between Greek and Patristic Thought
26 'The Origin of Falsehood. Some Comments on the Introductory Passage of the Treatise On the Resurrection of the Dead Attributed to Athenagoras' 239
27 'Le Christianisme et la philosophie' 243
28 'Two Kinds of Logos' 257
29 'Le portrait de la philosophie grecque dans Justin, Dialogue I,4-5' 269
30 'True Philosophy - Ancient Philosophy' 279
31 'What is Love? Eros and Agape in Early Christian Thought 287
32 Review of Origene, Commentaire sur le Cantique des Cantiques I (livres I-II) 301
Bibliography 307
Index Locorum 322
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