Title: Les "Commentaires sur les Prophètes" (Douze et Isaïe) de Cyrille d'Alexandrie : la formation d'une exégèse alexandrine post-origénienne
Other Titles: École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris
Authors: Zaganas, Dimitrios
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: Cyril of Alexandria (c. 378-444) marks a new period in the history of the Alexandrian exegesis. The Christian interpretation of the Bible, previously assigned to teachers, passes now into the hands of the powerful bishop of Alexandria, who clearly overcomes the allegorism of the great masters (Origen, Pierius, Didymus the Blind) whilst borrowing elements from the exegetical model of Eusebius of Caesarea and the Antiochians, maintaining yet the Alexandrian colouring. This evolution is particularly noticeable in the Commentaries on Isaiah and on the Twelve Prophets, where Theophilus’ nephew proposes a more balanced model of interpretation, by emphasizing the importance of the historical-literal dimension of the Scripture. Through a detailed analysis of his exegetical method, this dissertation seeks to highlight the originality of the Cyrilline approach and to underscore Cyril’s role in the renewal of the Alexandrian tradition. After going through the most characteristic affinities with Origen, grammarian and allegorist, particular attention is given to the emergence of a post-Origen exegesis in the writings of Cyril: changes of terms, method, content and purpose which attest to his commitment to reform. The present study addresses, finally, the thorny question of Cyril’s sources, by distinguishing those which show only parallels with him, from those which really influenced him. A few inedited excerpts of Cyril’s In Isaiam are published in the appendix.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: TH
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