Freie Universität Berlin


Byzantine Reuses of Early Christian Revelation-Dialogue

31.05.2016 | 15:00 c.t.

Vortrag von Dr. Peter Tóth (British Library) im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe “WissensFragen“ des SFB 980 „Episteme in Bewegung. Wissenstransfer von der Alten Welt bis in die Frühe Neuzeit“

Supernatural revelations of a divine figure (Christ or an angel) appearing before and conversing with a New Testament character (usually one or more of the apostles) were very popular in Early Christian literature. Besides being one of the most characteristic genres of gnostic literature, manifested in emblematic writings like the Sophia of Jesus Christ or the Apocryphon of James, this literary pattern, often described as Offenbarungsdiskurs, Dialog- or Erscheinungsevangelium, occurs in many other non-gnostic writings, such as Epistle of the Apostles or the Testament of the Lord, alike. It is much less known, however, that beside these early works of the 3-4th centuries there exists a rather large group of Byzantine texts, some of them still unedited and un-investigated, that use the same literary pattern of a revelation-dialogue. This talk focuses on these later Byzantine “apocryphal texts” investigating why and how the Early Christian genre of pseudo-biblical revelation-dialogue was re-used in the Middle Ages. After a short introduction to the history of the genre, I make an attempt to survey and systematize the extant Byzantine revelation-dialogues formulating a new theory about the origin and genesis of the surprisingly large number of Byzantine apocryphal revelations....

Zeit & Ort

31.05.2016 | 15:00 c.t.

Villa des Sonderforschungsbereichs 980 „Episteme in Bewegung“
Schwendenerstr. 8
14192 Berlin-Dahlem

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