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Title: Origen's Commentaries as Sources for Step'anos Siwnec'i's Commentary on the Gospels
Author(s): PAPAZIAN, Michael
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 117    Issue: 3-4   Date: 2004   
Pages: 507-525
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.117.3.516936

Abstract :
The Commentary on the Four Evangelists by Step‘anos Siwnec‘i (c. 688-735), a bishop and author of some of the earliest Armenian biblical commentaries, survives whole in a single manuscript discovered at the beginning of the 20th century. While scholars have noted the strong Antiochene influence on Armenian biblical interpretation and on Step‘anos in particular, study of the commentary reveals tht Step‘anos relied on Origen's commentaries on the Gospels as his main sources. After giving a brief account of Step‘anos' life and work, this paper presents examples of parallels between Step‘anos and Origen's commentaries. The paper ends with some suggestions for further research on Step‘anos' exegetical method.

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