uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
Link to record
Permanent link

Direct link
BETA
Berglund, Carl Johan, Teologie doktorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-2203-7977
Publications (10 of 33) Show all publications
Berglund, C. J. (2019). Heracleon and the Seven Categories of Exegetical Opponents in Origen's Commentary on the Gospel of John. Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum, 23(2), 228-251
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Heracleon and the Seven Categories of Exegetical Opponents in Origen's Commentary on the Gospel of John
2019 (English)In: Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum, ISSN 0949-9571, E-ISSN 1612-961X, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 228-251Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While the adversaries of Origen of Alexandria traditionally have been described in general terms as either literalists or Gnostics, Peter Martens has recently argued convincingly that Origen repeatedly refers to more specific categories of literalist opponents, whom he criticizes for particular literal interpretations. This paper argues that a similar specificity applies to his supposedly Gnostic opponents. In his Commentary on the Gospel of John, Origen regularly uses designations such as "the heterodox" or "those who bring in the natures" to identify specific categories of exegetical opponents, which he defines by their particular interpretative practices or their adherence to particular teachings. When he responds to various scriptural interpretations, Origen takes care to specify which of at least seven identifiable categories of exegetical opponents he currently opposes. Throughout the commentary, Origen maintains the distinctions between these categories and Heracleon, the individual interpreter he names most frequently, and he never uses Heracleon's words as an example of an interpretation by any of the identifiable categories.

Keywords
Literalists, Monarchians, Docetists, Reincarnationists, Gnostics, Marcionites, Valentinians, Heracleon, Origen of Alexandria
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393125 (URN)10.1515/zac-2019-0013 (DOI)000478688100004 ()
Available from: 2019-09-24 Created: 2019-09-24 Last updated: 2019-09-24Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2019). Literary Criticism in Early Christianity: How Heracleon and Valentinus Use One Passage to Interpret Another. Journal of early Christian studies (Print), 27(1), 27-53
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Literary Criticism in Early Christianity: How Heracleon and Valentinus Use One Passage to Interpret Another
2019 (English)In: Journal of early Christian studies (Print), ISSN 1067-6341, E-ISSN 1086-3184, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 27-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Following the lead of ancient heresiologists, modern scholars have all too often viewed Valentinus and Heracleon as representatives of a unified sectarian group whose interpretations of early Christian literature were determined by a shared set of "heretical" views. Arguing that the exegetical methodology of early Christians may be better understood if viewed within the larger context of Greco-Roman literary criticism, this article studies how Valentinus and Heracleon use one passage of early Christian literature to illuminate another, and compares this practice to the principle of Aristarchus, which states that Homer should be clarified from Homer.

National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-381826 (URN)10.1353/earl.2019.0001 (DOI)000462584700002 ()
Available from: 2019-04-18 Created: 2019-04-18 Last updated: 2019-04-18Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2019). Origen’s References to Heracleon: A Quotation-Analytical Study of the Earliest Known Commentary on the Gospel of John. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Department of Theology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Origen’s References to Heracleon: A Quotation-Analytical Study of the Earliest Known Commentary on the Gospel of John
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study of Origen’s references to the second-century author Heracleon addresses two problems in previous research: Scholars have regularly presumed that every statement Origen attributes to Heracleon is equivalent to a verbatim quotation, and that Heracleon’s beliefs conform to those described in heresiological sources. The study develops a method of quotation analysis that uses variations in Origen’s attribution formulas to categorize the almost two hundred references as “verbatim quotations,” “summaries,” “explanatory paraphrases,” or “mere assertions.” The more trustworthy references are used to reconstruct Heracleon’s interpretations within a context given by the literature to which he refers himself, including the Gospel of John, a Synoptic gospel tradition similar to the Gospel of Matthew, a collection of Pauline epistles, and the Preaching of Peter. The views exhibited in Heracleon’s comments are compared to those used by Origen to categorize his exegetical opponents. The study identifies over fifty quotations from Heracleon and seventy summaries of his interpretations, and concludes that the views of the heterodox and “those who bring in the natures” are more likely to be inferred by Origen than expressed by Heracleon.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Theology, 2019. p. 397
Keywords
Heracleon, Origen, Fourth Gospel, Gnosticism, Valentinianism, Quotation Analysis, Second Century, Early Christianity
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-378590 (URN)978-91-506-2761-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-06-12, Humanistiska teatern, Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-04-08 Last updated: 2019-05-17
Berglund, C. J. (2018). Interpreting Readers: The Role of Greco-Roman Education in Early Inter­preta­tion of New Testament Writings. In: Scriptural Interpretation at the Interface between Education and Religion: (pp. 204-247). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Interpreting Readers: The Role of Greco-Roman Education in Early Inter­preta­tion of New Testament Writings
2018 (English)In: Scriptural Interpretation at the Interface between Education and Religion, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018, p. 204-247Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, the organization and content of Greco-Roman education are described, the social interaction within ancient high literary culture is depicted, and a selection of the techniques and principles that guided Greek and Latin literary critics are presented. Evidence for early Christian participation in these cultural expressions are discussed, as well as factors behind second-century adoption of literary criticism for interpreting New Testament writings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018
Series
Themes in Biblical Narrative, ISSN 1388-3909
Keywords
philology, literary criticism, education, New Testament interpretation
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-371707 (URN)10.1163/9789004385696_011 (DOI)978-90-04-38534-4 (ISBN)978-90-04-38569-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-27 Created: 2018-12-27 Last updated: 2019-04-01Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2018). Review of John R. L. Moxon, Peter’s Halakhic Nightmare: The “Animal” Vision of Acts 10:9–16 in Jewish and Graeco-Roman Perspective. WUNT II/432. (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2017) [Review]. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 83, 278-281
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of John R. L. Moxon, Peter’s Halakhic Nightmare: The “Animal” Vision of Acts 10:9–16 in Jewish and Graeco-Roman Perspective. WUNT II/432. (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2017)
2018 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 83, p. 278-281Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-371706 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-27 Created: 2018-12-27 Last updated: 2019-05-23Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2017). Origen’s Vacillating Stances Toward his "Valentinian" Colleague Heracleon. Vigiliae christianae (Print), 71(5), 541-569
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Origen’s Vacillating Stances Toward his "Valentinian" Colleague Heracleon
2017 (English)In: Vigiliae christianae (Print), ISSN 0042-6032, E-ISSN 1570-0720, Vol. 71, no 5, p. 541-569Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When Origen of Alexandria presents numerous extensive quotations from Heracleon, whom he explicitly presents as a follower of Valentinus, one might expect a uniformly adversarial attitude toward this “Valentinian” sectarian. Instead, Origen’s stances are found to vacillate significantly from general renunciation and emphatic criticism, via considered disagreement and hypothetical approval, all the way to agreement and praise. The fascinating interplay between the stance taken and the dogmatic and philological matters in view implies that while dogmatic issues at stake are decisive for whether Origen agrees or disagrees with Heracleon, the full range of variance in Origen’s stances is determined by Heracleon’s philological methodology and presentation of evidence. Origen’s responses to Heracleon reveal that he viewed this predecessor not simply as a heterodox teacher, but also as a colleague in interpreting the New Testament using methods from Greco-Roman literary criticism. 

Keywords
Gospel of John, reception history, Valentinian exegesis, Patristic exegesis, Greek philology, Gnosticism
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-334985 (URN)10.1163/15700720-12341318 (DOI)000415867700004 ()
Available from: 2017-11-29 Created: 2017-11-29 Last updated: 2018-02-26Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2016). If Heracleon Really Was a Follower of Valentinus, Why Are Their Exegetical Methods So Different?. In: : . Paper presented at Eighth European Association of Biblical Scholars (EABS) Graduate Symposium, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, March 18–20.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>If Heracleon Really Was a Follower of Valentinus, Why Are Their Exegetical Methods So Different?
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288452 (URN)
Conference
Eighth European Association of Biblical Scholars (EABS) Graduate Symposium, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, March 18–20
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2016-04-27
Ålöw, T., Franke, L., Ljungberg, B. K., Löfstedt, T., Willgren, D., Nylund, J. H., . . . Green, S. (2016). Recensioner [Review]. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 81, 217-284
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recensioner
Show others...
2016 (Swedish)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 81, p. 217-284Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Book reviews:

Herbert W. Basser with Marsha B. Cohen

The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions: A Relevance-based Commentary

(Tobias Ålöw)

Alicia J. Batten och John S. Kloppenborg (red.)

James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Early Jesus Traditions

(Leonhard Franke)

Bible Works 10 

(Bo Krister Ljungberg)

Derek R. Brown

The God of This Age: Satan in the Churches and Letters of the Apostle Paul

(Torsten Löfstedt)

William P. Brown (ed.)

The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms 

(David Willgren)

Constantine R. Campbell

Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament 

(Jan H. Nylund)

Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford (ed.) 

The Shape and Shaping of the Book of Psalms: The Current State of Scholarship

(David Willgren)

Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Rolf A. Jacobson and Beth Laneel Tanner 

The Book of Psalms

(David Willgren)

Thomas B. Dozeman, Konrad Schmid och Baruch J. Schwartz (red.) 

The Pentateuch: International Perspectives on Current Research

(Stig Norin)

Ole Jakob Filtvedt

The Identity of God’s People and the Paradox of Hebrews

(Mikael Tellbe)

David Hellholm, Tor Vegge, Øyvind Norderval and Christer Hellholm (eds.)

Ablution, Initiation, and Baptism: Late Antiquity, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity

(James A. Kelhoffer)

Wesley Hill 

Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters

(Mikael Tellbe)

Douglas S. Huffman

Verbal Aspect Theory and the Prohibitions in the Greek New Testament

(Jan H. Nylund)

Thomas Kazen

Scripture, Interpretation, or Authority? Motives and Arguments in Jesus’ Halakic Conflicts

(Cecilia Wassén)

Judith M. Lieu

Marcion and the Making of a Heretic: God and Scripture in the Second Century

(James A. Kelhoffer)

L. Michael Morales (ed.)

Cult and Cosmos: Tilting Toward a Temple-Centered Theology

(Stefan Green)

Mark D. Nanos och Magnus Zetterholm (red.)

Paul within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle

(Martin Landgren)

Carol A. Newsom och Brennan W. Breed

Daniel: A Commentary

(LarsOlov Eriksson)

Maren Niehoff (red.)

Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters

(Blazenka Scheuer)

Kurt L. Noll

Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: A Textbook on History and Religion

(Richard Pleijel)

Ken Parry (ed.) 

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics

(Carl Johan Berglund)

Ralf Rothenbusch

“... abgesondert zur Tora Gottes hin”: Ethnisch-religiöse Identitäten im Esra/Nehemiabuch

(Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer)

Michael L. Satlow

How the Bible Became Holy

(Martin Wessbrandt)

Birke Siggelkow-Berner

Die jüdischen Feste im Bellum Judaicum des Flavius Josephus

(Birger Olsson)

Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer och Hans M. Barstad (red.)

Continuity and Discontinuity: Chronological and Thematic Development in Isaiah 40–66

(Stefan Green)

W. Dennis Tucker Jr.

Constructing and Deconstructing Power in Psalms 107–150

(David Willgren)

Helmut Utzschneider och Wolfgang Oswald

Exodus 1–15

(LarsOlov Eriksson)

Urban C. Von Wahlde

The Gospel and Letters of John, vol. 1:Introduction, Analysis, and Reference 

The Gospel and Letters of John, vol. 2: Commentary on the Gospel of John

The Gospel and Letters of John, vol. 3: Commentary on the Three Johannine Letters

(Birger Olsson)

Benjamin L. White

Remembering Paul: Ancient and Modern Contests over the Image of the Apostle

(Martin Wessbrandt)

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Svenska exegetiska sällskapet, 2016
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-313820 (URN)
Available from: 2017-01-24 Created: 2017-01-24 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2016). Review of Ken Parry (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion Series. (Chichester: Wiley 2015) [Review]. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 81, 264-265
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Ken Parry (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion Series. (Chichester: Wiley 2015)
2016 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 81, p. 264-265Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288450 (URN)
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2017-11-30
Berglund, C. J. & Gustafsson, D. (Eds.). (2015). Ad fontes: Festskrift till Olof Andrén på 100-årsdagen. Skellefteå: Artos & Norma
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ad fontes: Festskrift till Olof Andrén på 100-årsdagen
2015 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Denna bok är en festskrift till prästen, teologen och översättaren Olof Andrén. Bokens titel, Ad fontes, betyder »till källorna« och är vald som ett erkännande av Olof Andréns mångåriga gärning för att uppmärksamma och tillgängliggöra den rikedom som  nns bevarad i skrift från kristendomens äldsta tradition. Hans gärning har sedan länge en stor betydelse för kyrka, akademi och kulturliv i Sverige. Boken inleds med tre bidrag som tecknar Olof Andréns gärning och patristikens uppsving i Sverige under 1900-talet. Därefter följer sjutton artiklar som lyfter fram nya perspektiv på fornkyrkliga text- er och personer, tidigkristen ikonogra  och kyrkomusik, samt på hur arvet från denna tradition kommit att uppfattas och återspeglas i senare tid.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma, 2015
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288440 (URN)9789175807898 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2016-04-27
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-2203-7977

Search in DiVA

Show all publications