by Clare K. Rothschild, 

This volume comprises fifteen new essays on the Apostolic Fathers with a focus on the letters of Clement. An introductory essay investigates the role of seventeenth-century librarians in the origination of the collection's title. Five essays concern 1 Clement, exploring its relationship to 1 Corinthians, its generic classification, the discussion of “Christian education” (1 Clem. 21:8), the golden calf tradition, and the well-known legend of the regeneration of the phoenix. Three essays treat aspects of 2 Clement, including problems with recent translations of chapter 1, the motif of the barren woman in chapter 2, and the analogy of faith as a race in chapter 7. One study probes the Quintus incident in Martyrdom of Polycarp 4 as emblematic of the literary and cultural conventions of second-century sophism. Another study considers protection against exploitation of Christian generosity by visitors in Didache 12. Another contribution investigates the precise nature of allegory in the Epistle of Barnabas. A short piece on the Epistle of Diognetus argues that the ancient moral-philosophical topos of the invisible God is at work in this text; and, a final essay explores the popular second-century medical theory behind Hermas's presentation of ὀξυχολία (“irascibility”) in Mand. 5.1.3 (33.3). The volume ranges widely within and beyond early Christian literature – from the streets of ancient Achaean and Asian πόλεις to the early modern libraries of Europe.

2017. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament I.


This volume was honored in the Midwest SBL Review Session on Saturday February 3, 2018, at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame. The panelists were Clayton N. Jefford (Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology) and David Lincicum (University of Notre Dame).