Revue de patrologie,
et d’histoire ecclésiastique
Scripta ecclesiastica is a new supplementary series to Scrinium. Revue de patrologie, d’hagiographie critique et d’histoire ecclésiastique dedicated to medieval Christianity, especially to medieval Christian hagiography and the cult of saints.
Among forthcoming volumes of the series will be monographs on the Christian East as well as the re-publication of most of the articles by the late Michael van Esbroeck, s. j., («Scripta Minora»). Hagiography will be the prime, but not the exclusive focus of the series. Rather, it will be dedicated to all that, in the medieval Christian cultures, facta and scripta sunt ut credatis quia Iesus est Christus Filius Dei (John 20:31).
Clement of Rome was the third Pope after Peter, living c. 100 AD, and believed to have been martyred by drowning in the Black Sea near Chersonesus. Once his tomb had been discovered by SS. Cyril and Methodius and his relics taken to Rome in the 860s his cult appears to have become popular and spread widely. In Northern Europe Clement became particularly associated with sea-faring communities because of his reputation as a protector for those in danger of drowning. This may partly explain why he becomes popular with the Danes after their conversion to Christianity and the same reason helps to explain the number of churches in eastern England. This new study of the churches dedicated to St. Clement in England also looks at the evidence for the cult in Denmark and Norway in an attempt to understand the reasons for the growth of his popularity in the context of the 11th cent. conquest of England by Cnut the Great. Being a papal martyr Clement had many positive attributes which made him a suitable patron for the mission situation in Denmark as also for the Danish dynasty, as a symbol of authority and status.
Against this background of Danish interest — as exemplified by the well-known name of St. Clement Danes’ in the Strand — the author attempts to determine whether churches dedicated to St. Clement were founded in the period of Danish rule, or prior to that (or indeed later). The location of these churches in Anglo-Saxon towns is closely examined for clues as to their function. An association with the sea, in ports, or on navigable rivers tells us of the important maritime context, and with fishing communities in rural locations. Nearly always the saint’s protective power for those who lived their lives in fear of drowning is extremely relevant to the sitting of churches. This hagio-geographical study also discusses how the cult of Clement may have been used in other ways, including the political requirements of a newly-Christianised dynasty which needed a patron of status.
Stephen Gerö, Selected Papers on Iconoclasm and Apocrypha
The book contains about 30 reprinted articles covering the main fields of studies of Stephen Gerö, a renown specialist in the Oriental connections of Byzantium and the early Christian literature in different traditions of Byzantium and Christian East. A special attention is paid to the «afterlife» of the early Christian and late Jewish pseudepigrapha in the medieval traditions of Christianity. The whole series of Gerö's classical articles on the history and the doctrines of the Byzantine Iconoclasm is included.
M. van Esbroeck, Scripta minora
Peter Hill, Pauline Allen (eds.), Christianity in Syrian world. Festschrift Rifaat Ebied
Lela Khoperia, The manuscript tradition of the Georgian version of Disputatio cum Pyrrho of Maximus Confessor