Questions of Patristics II

ltheo2322  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Questions of Patristics II
4 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2017-2018 !

Auwers Jean-Marie;
Main themes
These objectives will be achieved after an analysis of a specific question about various testimonies of ancient Christian literature (literary, doctrinal and theological aspects). The analysed texts will be situated in their historical and theological contexts.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of this activity, the student will be able to - carry out personal research on a specific theological or literary question about ancient christian literature (Greek and/or latin) - read critically ancient theological sources; - use the main tools in the field.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The topic of this second level course changes each year. For example: Jerome as a biblical scholar, the patristic interpretation of Genesis and Exodus, Song of Songs as interpreted by Origenes and Gregory of Nyssa, but also Eros and Agape according to the Fathers of the Church, and homiletics in the fourth century. Many texts of the fathers of the Church related to these topics are read and commented on during the lessons. Students learn to use the main tools in the field of patristics.
Evaluation methods
Evaluation methods
·       Oral exam on the topic studied during the year
·       Redaction of a written work of about ten pages (the form and the subject will be indicated at the beginning of the course). The evaluation will be made of the aptitude of the student to put the methods and descriptive techniques into practice.
Quelques indications bibliographiques :
·        deLubac H., Exégèse médiévale: les quatre sens de l'Écriture, 4 vol., Paris, Aubier, 1959-1964 (Cerf-DDB, 1993).
·        deLubac H., L'Écriture dans la Tradition, Paris, 1966.
·        de Margerie, B., Introduction à l'histoire de l'exégèse, 4 vol., Paris 1980-1990.
·        FiedrowiczM., Principes de l'interprétation de l'Écriture dans l'Église ancienne (Traditio christiana, 10), Berne, 1999. Recueil de 106 textes où s'affirme la ratio exegetica des Pères.
·        Handbook of Patristic Exegesis. The Bible in Ancient Christianity, ed. by Ch. Kannengiesser, 2 vol., Leiden, 2004.
·        Sæbø M. (éd.), Hebrew Bible / Old Testament. The History of Its Interpretation, vol. 1: From the Beginnings to the Middle Ages (Until 1300), Part 1 Antiquity, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1996.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Theology

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [60] in Theology

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies