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Light on Creation

Ancient Commentators in Dialogue and Debate on the Origin of the World
Ed. by Geert Roskam and Joseph Verheyden

[Die Schöpfung entdecken. Antike Kommentatoren in Dialog und Diskussion über den Ursprung der Welt.]

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How were the two foundational texts dealing with the origin of the world, the third book of Plato's Timaeus and the Genesis account of the creation, interpreted in antiquity? The present volume contains the proceedings of an international colloquium that brought together specialists in (late) ancient philosophy and early Christian studies to reflect on these texts' reception.
The present volume contains the proceedings of an international colloquium held in February 2015 at the Arts Faculty of the KU Leuven that brought together specialists in (late) ancient philosophy and early Christian studies. Contributors were asked to reflect on the reception of two foundational texts dealing with the origin of the world – the third book of Plato's Timaeus and the Genesis account of the creation. The organizers had a double aim: They wished to offer a forum for furthering the dialogue between colleagues working in these respective fields and to do this by studying in a comparative perspective both a crucial topic shared by these traditions and the literary genres through which this topic was developed and transmitted. The two reference texts have been studied in antiquity in a selective way, through citations and essays dealing with specific issues, and in a more systematic way through commentaries.
The book is divided into three parts. The first one deals with the so-called Middle- and Neoplatonic tradition. The second part is dedicated to the Christian tradition and contains papers on several of the more important Christian authors who dealt with the Hexaemeron. The third part is entitled »Some Other Voices« and deals with authors and movements that combine elements from various traditions. Special attention is given to the nature and dynamics of the often close relationship between the various traditions as envisaged by Jewish-Christian authors and to the remarkable lack of interest from the Neoplatonists for »the other side".
Survey of contents
I. The Middle- and Neoplatonic Tradition
Mauro Bonazzi: Middle Platonists on the Eternity of the Universe – Sarah Klitenic Wear: The Position and Function of the Demiurge in Syrianus's Cosmos – Lorenzo Ferroni: Proclus, in Timaeum, II, 340.14–341.24 Diehl. Some Textual Remarks – Gerd Van Riel: How Can the Perceptible World be Perceptible? Proclus on the Causes of Perceptibility

II. The Christian Tradition
David C. DeMarco: Basil of Caesarea's Exegesis of the Heavens in Homiliae in hexaemeron 3 – Volker Henning Drecoll: The Use of Scripture in Basil's Homilies in HexaemeronSamuel Pomeroy: Representing the Jews: John Chrysostom's Use of Exegetical and Theological Traditions for Gen 1:26a ( In Gen. hom. 8) – David L. Dusenbury: Judaic Authority in Nemesius of Emesa's De natura hominis (390 CE) – Benjamin Gleede: Christian Apologetics or Confessional Polemics? Context and Motivation of Philoponus' De opificio mundiPaul M. Blowers: From Nonbeing to Eternal Well-Being: Creation ex nihilo in the Cosmology and Soteriology of Maximus the Confessor – Clement Kuehn: Christ Hero. An Epic Commentary on Creation – Dimitrios Zaganas: The Debate on Gen 1:1–3 According to Anastasius Sinaita's Hexaemeron

III. Some Other Voices
Gregory E. Sterling: »The Most Perfect Work«: The Role of Matter in Philo of Alexandria – Claudio Moreschini: Calcidius between Creatio Ex Nihilo and Platonism – Gerard P. Luttikhuizen: Gnostic Views on the Origin and the Nature of the Universe
Authors/Editors

Geert Roskam Born 1973; studied Classical Philology and Philosophy; currently Associate Professor at the KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts.

Joseph Verheyden is Professor of New Testament at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the KU Leuven, and Research Associate at NWU, Potchefstroom (South Africa).
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8646-5233

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 62 (2018), S. 370
In: Salesianum — 80 (2018), S. 781–783 (Rafael Vicent)