Theophylact of Ochrida : his commentary on St. John's Gospel : sources, methods and characteristics

Pollitt, H.J. (1985). Theophylact of Ochrida : his commentary on St. John's Gospel : sources, methods and characteristics. University of Birmingham. Other

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A brief survey of “catenae" in late antiquity in general is followed by a resume of the history of research into the gospel catenae. A comparison of the Chrysostomic material in Theophylact's commentary with that in the two forms of the printed catenae, Cramer (1844) and Corderius (1630) is made to show that Theophylact obtained the bulk of it from the former, and that, though he has Chrysostomic material given by the latter and not the former, he has used Chrysostom at first-hand. Theophylact's non-Chrysostomic material is then examined and classified as (i) common to both catenae, (ii) peculiar to Cramer, (iii) peculiar to Corderius, so that his sources must include a type of the catena akin to the latter, even if he did not take his Chrysostomic material from it. Theophylact is then shown to have used sources now lost. His habit of giving alternative interpretations is traced to his sources and his interest in the elucidation of the text and its historical background and his use of the allegorical method are illustrated. Finally the extent of his concern with current ecclesiastical issues is considered in relation to his references to heretics and his doctrine of the Spirit.

Type of Work: Thesis (Other)
Award Type: Other
College/Faculty: Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Arts
School or Department: School of Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine Studies
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World


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