The Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum/Journal of Ancient Christianity (ZAC) is celebrating its fifteenth “birthday” this year. On this occasion, the editors have decided to dedicate the thematic issue not to a specific topic from Early Christianity but to a question pertaining to research history: “What did patristic research look like 100 years ago?” The issue focuses, above all, on the German context, given that patristics played a prominent, if not central, role in German academic life of the late Wilhelmine period. This perspective is complemented by observations on the situation in Belgium and the Netherlands, Armenia and Italy. These angles are, of course, paradigmatic, and the selection was made for pragmatic reasons. For research on France and the English-speaking area, let us refer to the conference proceedings edited by Jacques Fontaine et al. (Patristique et Antiquité Tardive en Allemagne et en France de 1870 à 1930, Paris: Institut d’Études Augustiniennes, 1993) and to recent studies published by Elizabeth A. Clark, respectively. The contribution looking at Armenia shall serve as an incentive to produce analogous research for other linguistic areas as well. The same goes for the entire Russian speaking area.
Monday, November 28, 2011
"What did patristic research look like 100 years ago?"
In commemoration of its fifteenth year, Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum has published a theme issue on the historiography of the patristic period around 1911. Included are articles on patristic scholarship in Germany, Armenia, Belgium, and Italy. There are also articles covering important works published during this time such as the Acta Conciliorum Oecumenicorum and the third edition of the Realencyklopädie für protestantische Theologie und Kirche. The following is taken from the opening editorial: