The Epistle to Diognetus (with the Fragment of Quadratus): Introduction, Text, and Commentary

Hardcover | September 14, 2013

EditorClayton N. Jefford

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This volume is the first major English-language commentary on the Epistle to Diognetus since that of Henry G. Meecham in 1949. Its purpose is twofold: to provide careful consideration to the essential introductory issues of authorship and setting, structure and integrity, theology,relationship to scripture, and historical trajectory as they apply to the transmission of the text; and to offer commentary focused on the movement of the author's argument and objectives in construction of the narrative, taking advantage of critical considerations of the apology within recentscholarship. In the final analysis the volume arrives at the premise that the core materials of Diognetus were likely delivered first in an oral context whose setting remains unknown and were thereafter recorded by a later hand as the framework of chapters 1-10. A subsequent editor (perhaps Clement ofAlexandria) added the concluding materials of chapters 11-12 together with the insertion of numerous hymnic segments and theological phrases throughout chapters 1-10. These additions were inspired by Johannine tradition and reflect the setting of a living faith community. The text of Diognetus thusreflects an evolutionary process that moves from oral performance to literary record, from moral teaching to theological homily. The format of the volume is designed to welcome the non-specialist to the text of Diognetus while exposing the reader to the best of both earlier and more recent criticalcomments on the writing and its tradition.

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This volume is the first major English-language commentary on the Epistle to Diognetus since that of Henry G. Meecham in 1949. Its purpose is twofold: to provide careful consideration to the essential introductory issues of authorship and setting, structure and integrity, theology,relationship to scripture, and historical trajectory as...

Clayton N. Jefford is Professor of Scripture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana, USA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:September 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199212740

ISBN - 13:9780199212743

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Table of Contents

I: Introduction1. General Background2. Authorship, Date, and Provenance3. Structural Elements4. Integrity and Purpose5. Theology and Themes6. Relationship to Scripture7. Analysis of Historical Trajectory8. ConclusionsII: Texts and Translations9. Introduction10. Epistle to Diognetus11. Fragment of QuadratusIII: Commentary