Doctor of Philology
Leading Researcher of the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences Professor of the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology of the Faculty of Philology, Moscow M. V. Lomonosov State University
32А Leninsky prospect, Moscow 119334, Russia
For citation: “Photius of Constantinople, St. Amphilochia. Treatise 1”. Translation from Ancient Greek, Preface and Notes by Dmitriĭ E. Afinogenov //
Bible and Christian Antiquity. 2019, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 78-108. (In Russian) doi: 10.31802/2658-4476-2019-2-2-78-108
Abstract. The first treatise from «Amphilochia» by the St. Patriarch Photios expounds the general principles of the biblical exegesis on a specific example of certain passages from the Bible. It is not just the theological or historical context that has to be taken into consideration, but also purely philological aspects, such as semantics, intonation, the language usage of the New Testament and Septuagint, possible variant readings etc. The Patriarch is convinced, that the correct application of these tools makes it possible to perfectly harmonize all seemingly contradictory statements of the Scriptures.
Keywords: Photios of Constantinople, Byzantine theology, biblical exegesis, Byzantine philology.