Southwestern faculty publish regularly, and occasionally, this site will feature announcements about their work.
Recently, Brill published a volume entitled, Intertextuality in the Second Century. The volume is co-edited by Jeff Bingham, Southwestern’s Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of Theology and Clayton Jefford, Professor of Scripture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.
The volume contains contributions from a diversity of patristics scholars including Christopher Tuckett, Richard Bauckham, Michael W. Holmes, Allen Brent, Candida R. Moss, Paul Hartog, Lynn H. Cohick, Mark Edwards, John Behr, and Stephen Presley.
Each of these authors conceives of the concept of “intertextuality” in different ways, which is evident in the brief summary of the contents:
“This volume offers an appreciation of the value of intertextuality—from Greek, Roman, Jewish, and biblical traditions—as related to the post-apostolic level of Christian development within the second century. Not least of these foundational pillars is the certain impact of the Second Sophistic movement during this period with its insipient influence on much of early Christian theology’s formation. The variety of these strands of inspiration created a tapestry of many diverse elements that came to shape the second-century Christian situation. Here one sees biblical texts at work, Jewish and Greek foundations at play, and interaction among patristic authors as they seek to reconcile their competing perspectives on what it meant to be ‘Christian’ within the contemporary context.”
For his contribution, Jeff Bingham applies the topic of intertextuality to the notion of martyrdom in the second century. His essay, “Reading Martyrdom: Intertextuality in the Letter from Vienne and Lyons,” shows how the scripture was woven into the fabric of the ancient martyrdom accounts.
Stephen Presley, the director of SCECS, also wrote an essay for the volume entitled, “The Demonstration of Intertextuality in Irenaeus of Lyon.” Presley’s work highlights Irenaeus’ appreciation for scripture’s coherence as he fashions his summary of the apostolic preaching.
The volume, the twelfth in the Bible in Ancient Christianity Series, is certain to be a helpful resource for anyone working in the area of patristic exegesis.
For more information about the volume see here.