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Bibil Identifier bibil:227147
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Accentuation and Causes for the Obscurity in the Divine Scriptures: Polychronius' Prologue to Job
Author Wayman, Benjamin D.
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 35, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 61-69 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article examines the work of the fifth-century bishop and brother of Theodore of Mopsuestia, Polychronius of Apamea (d. ca. 430), in light of extant writings from the second-century Greek grammarian, Aelius Herodianus. It studies a fragment from Polychronius’ prologue to his commentary on Job titled Causes for the Obscurity in the Divine Scriptures, identifies a philological analogue in the work of Herodian, and in so doing, highlights their grammatical training and shared concern with τόνοι (accents) in the interpretation of a text. The analysis shows that Polychronius’ employment of grammatical technique in understanding Christian scripture is of no less value to the Christian bishop than it is to the Greek grammarian, Herodian, in his understanding of Greek classics. For Polychronius, the “obscurity in the divine scriptures” can be resolved with the tools of Greek grammatical theory.
DOI 10.1163/18712207-12341247
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : Antiquity (-> 7th cent.)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Rhetoric
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Job
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