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Early Christian Ascetic Practices and Biblical Interpretation: The Witnesses of Galen and Tatian
2006 (English)In: The New Testament and early Christian literature in Greco-Roman context: studies in honor of David E. Aune / [ed] John Fotopoulos, Leiden: Brill , 2006, 439-444 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The testimonies of the physician Galen (c. 129/130–199/216 c.e.) and the Syrian Christian Tatian (fl. 165–172 c.e.) to Christian asceticism are slightly earlier than the ascetic expositions of biblical texts by Clement of Alexandria (c. 150–211/216 c.e.) and other patristic authors.  Although a simple post hoc ergo propter hoc relationship between ascetic practices and ascetic biblical interpretation does not necessarily follow, the temporal proximity of Galen and Tatian to Clement suggests such a correlation, and a direct causal relationship can by no means be excluded.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill , 2006. 439-444 p.
, Supplements to Novum Testamentum, 122
Keyword [en]
Asceticism, Galen, asceticism
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Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-141405ISBN: 9789004143043OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-141405DiVA: diva2:385558
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2011-01-11 Last updated: 2013-09-27Bibliographically approved

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