Biblical Exegesis of the Antiochene School


The idea of this workshop is to study early Christian and Patristic interpretation of the Holy Scripture. The Antiochene catechetical school offers one of the most interesting early Christian exegetical methodologies. It is based on the historical and grammatical analysis of the text, but on the other hand, the leading principle in interpretation remains the so-called typology that provided a number of interesting ideas to later commentators. The Antiochene exegetes of the 4th and 5th centuries offered a number of methodological guidelines for the exegetical analysis of the biblical text, which – to some degree – correspond to contemporary exegetical attempts in biblical studies. To this day Patristic exegesis is one of the most underdeveloped and challenging areas of Late Antique literature. This workshop will contribute to this emerging field by focusing on case studies within early Christian and Byzantine theology.


Holy Scripture, Greek Fathers, Orthodox Theology, Biblical Exegesis, Early Christianity, Late Antiquity, Byzantine Theology, Biblical Studies, Patristics


Svetoslav Ribolov

St Clement of Ochrid University of Sofia


 Rossen Roussev

St Clement of Ochrid University of Sofia

Sofia 2024 Call for Papers

At the Annual Conference 2024 in Sofia the special workshop “Biblical Exegesis of the Antiochene School” will predominantly focus on two aspects: methodological issues on the one hand, and scripture and Christology in the Antiochene School. Thus, we are looking for papers exploring practices or experiences related to scriptures and their use in the Antiochene authors of the 4th-5th century. We encourage presenters to pay attention to the varying situations and locations in which receptions of biblical texts, themes, and figures take place. All papers dealing with the impact of Antiochene theologians on various theological developments in Biblical Studies are welcome. Moreover, special emphasis is given to the influence of Antiochian theology on later writers, the development of the concepts of the Antiochian Fathers, and their Christological and sacramental views. With regard to methodology, we highly encourage interdisciplinary approaches.