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Bibil Identifier bibil:250009
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) ποικιλόνωτος ἀνήρ: Clothing Metaphors and Nonnus’ Ambiguous Christology in the Paraphrase of the Gospel according to John
Author Hadjittofi, Fotini
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 72, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2018
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2018
Year (Copyright) 2018
Year (Reference) 2018
Language English
Pages 165-183 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article examines three passages in Nonnus’ Paraphrase of the Gospel according to John (19.21-25; 19.118-132; 20.81-82), all of which mention pieces of clothing in the context of Christ’s passion and resurrection. It argues that Nonnus allows, and indeed encourages, both literal readings and metaphorical interpretations of the garments as stand-ins for Christ’s body. The readings which do not turn garments into symbols of the body would be more in agreement with the Orthodox theology of Nonnus’ time, while the metaphorical interpretations would be more amenable to a heterodox (Origenist or Nestorian) construal. The poem’s ambivalence in the employment of clothing metaphors indicates an attitude that is less strictly Alexandrian / Orthodox and more polyphonic than has so far been assumed.
DOI 10.1163/15700720-12341338
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Nonnus of Panopolis
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Clothing / Dress
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Nestorianism
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