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Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity

Ed. by Brennecke, Hanns Christof / Drecoll, Volker Henning / Heil, Uta / Markschies, Christoph

Together with Elm, Susanna / Gemeinhardt, Peter / Meier, Mischa / Perrone, Lorenzo / Pollmann, Karla / Riedweg, Christoph / Schöllgen, Georg / Williams, Rowan / Wischmeyer, Wolfgang

CiteScore 2018: 0.21

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.130
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.563

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Volume 20, Issue 3


Cyprian, Paul, and Care for the Poor and Captive: Offering Sacrifices and Ransoming Temples

Edwina Murphy
Published Online: 2016-12-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zac-2016-0043


The ways in which Cyprian appropriates Scripture to address the challenges facing his flock give us an insight into how theology, text, and context are interwoven in his biblical interpretation. As a contribution to studies in the reception of Paul and early North African exegesis, I examine all the quotations of and allusions to the canonical Paul in Cyprian’s exhortations to care for the poor and captive. This reveals him to be a creative interpreter of Scripture, employing reading strategies of model, image, direct application, and qualification, as well as tailoring them to serve his aims in particular works. Also evident is that, here at least, Cyprian’s promotion of almsgiving is not linked to patronage; rather, he uses Paul to promote a counter-cultural attitude—pleasing God rather than cultivating clients.

Keywords:: patristic exegesis; hermeneutics; almsgiving; patronage; reception of Scripture; biblical interpretation

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Published Online: 2016-12-16

Published in Print: 2016-12-30

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity, Volume 20, Issue 3, Pages 418–436, ISSN (Online) 1612-961X, ISSN (Print) 0949-9571, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zac-2016-0043.

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