Questions Liturgiques / Studies in Liturgy vol:92 issue:4 pages:282-323
This article offers an annotated French translation with literary, exegetical, and doctrinal analysis of a Pseudo-Chrysostomian homily on the Ascension (CPG 4739). On the basis of lexical investigation, especially comparisons with other Ascension sermons as well as with texts of a doctrinal content, this study aims to demonstrate that while the arguments of C. Baur, who attributed this text to Nestorius or to a Nestorian milieu, constitute a commendable point of departure, they are nonetheless fragile and rather incomplete. The reality of theological discussions, in which successive generations of opposing parties employed the same arguments and technical terms in different contexts, reveals that simple lexical parallels or the selection of much debated scriptural quotations should not constitute the exclusive and decisive criteria of attribution. An approach which rests on internal criticism of the text leads to the more careful hypothesis that this text belongs to a fifth-century Antiochene milieu.