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Kirchengeschichte: Alte Kirche, Christliche Archäologie


Wittkowsky, Vadim


Warum zitieren frühchristliche Autoren pagane Texte?Zur Entstehung und Ausformung einer literarischen Tradition.


Berlin u. a.: De Gruyter 2015. XI, 170 S. = Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, 218. Geb. EUR 79,95. ISBN 978-3-11-043096-7.


David T. Runia

The monograph under review is a revised version of the disserta-tion by Vadim Wittkowsky prepared at Moscow State University and accepted in December 2005. The aim of the work is to investigate why early Christian writers chose to cite and make allusions not only to the sacred scriptures (at first the Hebrew Bible, but later more and more the New Testament as well) but also to the writings of the author’s who were external to the biblical and Jewish tradi-tions (3). In order to fulfil this aim, however, the scope of the investigation had to be broadened because it is a major thesis of the volume that early Christian practice in citing »pagan« authors builds upon, and therefore cannot be examined in separation from its origins in Hellenistic Judaism.
The book is accordingly ...

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