Jewish Christianity: (A) The Pseudo-Clementines Project

While abundant evidence survives on the Gentile-Christian wing of ancient Christianity, only fragmentary materials remain for the Jewish-Christian wing. There is currently little academic consensus on this significant branch of ancient Christianity. This project provides a remedy to this situation by first focusing on the neglected Pseudo-Clementine corpus, which is widely considered a primary source for Jewish Christianity, though an unusually complex source. 

In contact with international scholars, the project is reworking outdated critical editions of the texts and is rendering crucial ancient oriental versions of the Pseudo-Clementines into modern languages for the first time. The project is simultaneously producing a synoptic edition and translation of the ancient texts.

"Since these things are unwritten and believed on
the basis of conjectures,
the truth should by no
means be confirmed
as being thus.
But if it is, the mind will
stop seeking in the
view that it has
comprehended
what is true."

 Homilies 20.8.4-5

With the texts in parallel columns (as in a synopsis of the gospels), a research tool will be provided to allow historical appreciation and evaluation of the Pseudo-Clementines, often considered to be the first, and last, ancient Christian novel. In 1998 the project co-sponsored, with the École Pratique (Sorbonne) in Paris, an international colloquium on Jewish Christianity at the École Biblique in Jerusalem.

The project has published the volume:
Le judéo-christianisme dans tous ses états:
Actes du Colloque de Jérusalem 6-10 juillet 1998.
Ed. S. Mimouni and F. S. Jones.
Lectio Divina. Paris: Les Éditions du Cerf, 2001.

F. Stanley Jones is Professor of New Testament and Ancient Christianity at California State University, Long Beach.
     

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