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I maj 2020 fyllde preses för Collegium Patristicum Lundense, Samuel Rubenson, 65 år. Detta firades på Centrum för teologi och religionsvetenskap, Lunds universitet, genom överlämnandet av en festskrift. Foton från tillställningen kan ses under ”Övrigt” – ”Bilder”. Boken kan beställas via Brill: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004430747
Wisdom on the Move: Late Antique Traditions in Multicultural Conversation. Essays in Honor of Samuel Rubenson. Edited by Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Thomas Arentzen, Henrik Rydell Johnsén, and Andreas Westergren (Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae, 161), Leiden: Brill 2020.
Wisdom on the Move explores the complexity and flexibility of wisdom traditions in Late Antiquity and beyond. This book studies how sayings, maxims and expressions of spiritual insight travelled across linguistic and cultural borders, between different religions and milieus, and how this multicultural process reshaped these sayings and anecdotes. Wisdom on the Move takes the reader on a journey through late antique religious traditions, from manuscript fragments and folios via the monastic cradle of Egypt, across linguistic and cultural barriers, through Jewish and Biblical wisdom, monastic sayings, and Muslim interpretations. Particular attention is paid to the monastic Apophthegmata Patrum, arguably the most important genre of wisdom literature in the early Christian world.
Thomas Arentzen, Henrik Rydell Johnsén & Andreas Westergren, ”Wisdom on the Move: An Introduction”
1. Peter Toth, ”Wisdom in Fragments: The Earliest Manuscript of the First Greek Life of St Pachomius”
2. James E. Goehring, ”Producing Pachomius: The Role of Lower Egypt in the Creation, Reception, and Adaptation of the Pachomian Vita Tradition”
3. Lorenzo Perrone, ”The Wisdom of the Fathers: The Use of the Apophthegmata in the Correspondence of Barsanuphius and John of Gaza”
4. Denis M. Searby, ”The Unmentionable Apophthegm: An Overview of the Pagan Greek Tradition”
5. Britt Dahlman, ”Between East and West: Cassian the Roman in Greek and Latin”
6. Karine Åkerman Sarkisian, ”The Apophthegmata Patrum in the Slavonic Context: A Case Study of Textual Doublets”
7. Anahit Avagyan, ”The Armenian Transmission of the Apophthegmata Patrum”
8. Ute Pietruschka, ”The Monk as Storyteller? On the Transmission of the Apophthegmata Patrum among Muslim Ascetics in Basra”
9. Karin Hedner Zetterholm, ”’Wise Elders’ and ’Nursing Infants’: Wisdom Extended to the Gentiles in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies”
10. Susan Ashbrook Harvey, ”Training the Women’s Choir: Ascetic Practice and Liturgical Education in Late Antique Syriac Christianity”
11. Miriam L. Hjälm, ”Universal Wisdom in Defence of the Particular: Medieval Jewish and Christian Usage of Biblical Wisdom in Arabic Treatises”
Thomas Arentzen, Henrik Rydell Johnsén & Andreas Westergren, ”Rubenson on the Move: A Biographical Journey”
List of Publications by Samuel Rubenson
From Studera patristikon
Studera patristik inom masterprogrammet the Religious Roots of Europe (RRE)?
“An atheist, a lawyer, an Adventist preacher and an orthodox monk have breakfast in a hotel at the edge of the old city of Rome…” What could be the beginning of an entertaining joke was actually my first encounter with the RRE programme. Having trained as a lawyer, I had applied to the master’s programme in order to gain a better understanding of the way in which the history of theology and religious thought has influenced our current understanding of law and society.
What drew me to the RRE programme was the way in which the history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are studied in parallel, that a considerable emphasis is placed on learning and engaging at least two of four languages (Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Arabic) and the combination of in-person and online learning which allows for a lot of flexibility. I was especially attracted by the fact that, throughout the two years, the programme travels not just between three Scandinavian universities, but also to Rome, and to Israel / Palestine. It is one thing to discuss Mithraism, for example, a pre-Christian mystery religion, in the classroom; it is quite another to do so actually standing in a Roman, 1800 years old Mithraeum – the underground temple where worshippers of Mithras gathered to initiate members into their cult.
However, one of the most exciting aspects of the RRE programme are the discussions with the other students. While we learn a lot about the development of and historic relations between the three religions, it is remarkable to see how many of the questions we discuss in class subsequently become the subject of intense and fruitful debates among us students as we relate them to contemporary affairs or to our own backgrounds. Some students identify as believers, some are representatives of churches, some are declared atheists, some are mostly interested in history, some are at the beginning of their career, some have recently retired, some live in Scandinavia (most do not), some are interested in art, some in the languages. It is this mosaic of experiences and backgrounds that makes the RRE discussions so unique and enriching – in which other context do an atheist, a lawyer, an Adventist preacher and an orthodox monk discuss ancient mystery cults over breakfast at the edge of the old city of Rome?
An RRE-student from the 11th Cycle