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1. Augustinianum: Volume > 56 > Issue: 2
Emmanuel Albano, Rivelare e Tacere: Note per una riflessione su Scrittura e Tradizione nel pensiero di Clemente di Alessandria: II. Le mediazioni della rivelazione
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This article intends to highlight the idea of revelation that Clement expresses throughout his work. Drawing both from Greek philosophical culture and biblical thought, Clement shows how supernatural revelation, on the level of both faith and gnosis, corresponds to select ‘places’ of Scripture and the Church’s Tradition, culminating in the embodiment of gnosis by men who have reached the highest degree of knowledge and holiness of life. A comparison with the theme of revelation in Gnostic texts sheds more light on the peculiarities of Clementine thought.
2. Augustinianum: Volume > 56 > Issue: 2
Francesco Berno, Rethinking Valentinianism: Some Remarks on the Tripartite Tractate, with special reference to Plotinus’ Enneads II, 9
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This paper analyses an important Valentinian source, the Tractatus Tripartitus, the last work in the so-called Codex Jung. The main aim of the article is to provide a reading of the text as a whole, high-lighting how the Tractatus Tripartitus might be understood as an attempt to remove the apocalyptic matrix of Valentinian theology. Finally, several essential features of the work are compared with the well-known charges brought against the Gnostics by Plotinus, investigating the possibility of an actual historical relationship between the Tripartite Tractate and the ninth essay of the second Ennead.
3. Augustinianum: Volume > 56 > Issue: 2
Diego Cruciat, Tertulliano e la filosofia: Una proposta metafilosofica
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Tertullian is an important participant in the early dialogue between Christian faith and Latin culture. The aim of this article is to provide some elements useful in reconstructing the idea of philosophia in the writings of this apologist, following a metaphilosophical approach. After briefly presenting the occurrences of philosophical terms (listed in the Appendix), the Author proposes that Tertullian conceives of philosophia as an erroneous form of knowledge, which is not capable of adequately dealing with reality. Considering Tertullian’s thought from a metaphilosophical perspective could therefore be conducive to better understanding and explaining his negative view of philosophy.
4. Augustinianum: Volume > 56 > Issue: 2
Heinz Sproll, Jesus Christus – Ciuis Romanus: Die Christianisierung des Augustus und die Romanisierung Christi bei Orosius – Ein Paradigma politischer Theologie?
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This essay examines Orosius’s historical-theological perspectives on the basis of the theologumenon of the Pax Augusta. First, it studies the method of Orosius’s chronography and his understanding of salvific oikonomia. Then the Author analyzes the Imperium Romanum and its fulfillment in the Imperium Christianium. A third section treats the synchronism of the Incarnation of the Logos in the Pax Augusta. Finally, the essay demonstrates how Erik Peterson detached Augustus’s theology as political theology from its late ancient context, and contrasts it with the emerging imperial church of National Socialism and Peterson’s denunciation of it.
5. Augustinianum: Volume > 56 > Issue: 2
Dimitrios Zaganas, Anastase le Sinaïte, entre citation et invention: L’Hexaéméron et ses sources « antiques »
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This article aims to assess Anastasius of Sinai’s usage of ancient Chris-tian sources in the Hexaemeron. Close and thorough examination of his quotations from Justin Martyr, Ireneaus of Lyon, Methodius of Olympus and Eustathius of Antioch reveals that, apart from Methodius, the citations have no analogy to any of their works. On the contrary, the cited opinions appear either to have come from different authors, or to have been faked, in toto or in part, by Anastasius. The reason for such a forgery lies in Anastasius’s attempt to rehabilitate the allegorical interpretation of Gen. 1-3, without being accused of Origenism. Anastasius’s witness to the ancient exegetical tradition is proven to be deliberately misleading, and therefore should not be taken at face value.
6. Augustinianum: Volume > 56 > Issue: 2
María Amparo Mateo Donet, La estrella de Belén, presagio y símbolo de la realeza de Cristo
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This paper focuses on analyzing the meaning of the appearance of the star at the birth of Christ from the ideological point of view of the ancient citizen. Romans understood this phenomenon as an omen of royalty or future power for the newborn; the Fathers of the Church interpreted it in different ways and attempted to explain it both to Christians as well as to Jews and Pagans.
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7. Augustinianum: Volume > 56 > Issue: 2
Diego Elias Arfuch, Una nota sulle donne “diacono” nell’agiografia cipriota dal secolo V al VII
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Cypriot hagiography attests the presence of women deacons during the 5th and 7th centuries. This paper presents the ordination (ceirotoniva) of these women, and tries to clarify the role of ministry played out in different places on the island (Tamassos, Salamis-Constantia, Soloi), according to three hagiographic testimonies: Acts of Heraclides, Vita Epiphanii, Vita Auxibii.
8. Augustinianum: Volume > 56 > Issue: 2
Juan Antonio Gaytán Luna, Sul viaggio dell’anima dopo la morte: Qualche annotazione ad uno studio di Peter Brown
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This paper analyzes a book on the afterlife, The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity, by the well known scholar Peter Brown, published in English in 2015 and translated into Italian in 2016. The Author proceeds by examining thoroughly Brown’s insights and conclusions.
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9. Augustinianum: Volume > 56 > Issue: 2
Nello Cipriani, La doctrine augustinienne de la Trinité
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10. Augustinianum: Volume > 56 > Issue: 2
Bengt Alexanderson, Copying Early Christian Texts. A Study of Scribal Practice
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