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If Second Clement Really Were a "Sermon," How Would We Know, and Why Would We Care?: Prolegomena to Analyses of the Writing’s Genre and Community
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology.
Number of Authors: 1
2015 (English)In: Early Christian Communities between Ideal and Reality / [ed] Mark Grundeken and Joseph Verheyden, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015, 83-108 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper corrects common misunderstandings in scholarship about Second Clement’s genre, community, and liturgical Sitz im Leben. It also offers several prolegomena to an analysis of the writing’s genre and community. A central argument is that 125 years of scholarship have produced only dubious arguments for identifying Second Clement as a “sermon” or a “homily,” identifications that do not indicate a fixed genre, and that these identifications have contributed to several misinterpretations. We therefore need to reconsider the genre of this work. A focus on microgenre, rather than macrogenre, and a comparison of Second Clement’s features with those of certain early Christian letters holds promise for future inquiry.

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Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015. 83-108 p.
, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, ISSN 0512-1604 ; 342
Keyword [en]
Second Clement, genre, sermon
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-276332ISBN: 9783161526701OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-276332DiVA: diva2:902500
Available from: 2016-02-11 Created: 2016-02-11 Last updated: 2016-08-24Bibliographically approved

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