The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary

Paul F. Bradshaw, Maxwell Johnson, L. Edward Phillips, and Harold W. Attridge

The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary
The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary

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"The anonymous early church order that became known as the Apostolic Tradition and conventionally attributed to Hippolytus of Rome has generated enormous scholarly discussion since its discovery in the nineteenth century. Surprisingly, however, there has never before been a comprehensive commentary on it such as there is for other patristic works. We have here attempted to remedy this defect, and at the same time we have offered the first full synoptic presentation in English of the various witnesses to its text. We have also taken the opportunity to develop our argument that it is neither the work of Hippolytus nor of any other individual. Instead, we believe that it is a composite document made up of a number of layers and strands of diverse provenance and compiled over a period of time, and therefore not representing the practice of any one Christian community." — from the Preface This Hermeneia volume provides an important contribution to New Testament research as well as the study of the patristic era.

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Schon der Name der Reihe, in die dieser wahrlich most comprehensive presentation of the evidence for the Apostolic Tradition available in English erscheint, spiegelt die Zielsetzung wider: Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Einerseits stand in der frhen Kirche das griechisch e e(rmhnei/a f r die systematische und ausfh rliche Behandlung sowie Interpretation eines Schrifttextes, einer Zielsetzung der auch dieser Kommentar verpflichtet ist. Andererseits wird die methodische Ausrichtung vorgegeben, der hier, vor allem unter Bercksichtigung philologischer, hist orischer und textkritischer Aspekte, gefolgt wird (ix). Jedochwas auch der vorliegende Band wie etliche weitere in dieser Reihe belegenist der Betrachtungsrahmen der seit 1971 in loser Reihenfolge erscheinenden Reihe keineswegs auf die kanonisch gewordenen Texte des Neuen (analog auch hinsichtlich des Alten) Testaments beschrnkt, eine Offenheit, die sehr zu begren ist, da nur so ein angemessenes Bild einer bestimmten Zeit und deren Menschen mglich wird. Das Interesse an der Traditio Apostolica (trad. ap.) ist seit ihrer Entdeckung im 19. Jahrhundert gro, handelt es sich doch um ein weiteres, wenn nicht sogar das wichtigste Zeugnis einer altchristlichen Kirchenordnung (hnlich der Constitutiones Apostolorum, deren 8. Buch auf der trad. ap. basiert), in der eine Beschftigung mit Fr agen des moralischen Verhaltens, der Kirchendisziplin und Kirchenorganisation wie der Liturgie stattfindet. [Full Review]

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