Kommentar zur Kirchengeschichte des Johannes von Ephesus

John of Ephesus' Ecclesiastical History (= EH) forms one of the most extensive historiographical sources for the Eastern Roman Empire and the Middle East on the eve of the long-lasting political and cultural changes that began in the seventh century. The EH offers a distinct vantage point on the understudied late sixth century: it was written in a dialect of Aramaic called Syriac, and it comes from the pen of a bishop from an ecclesiastical body that competed with the imperial church. Only the third part of this work survives intact, and John of Ephesus wrote it while living—and indeed while intermittently imprisoned—in the imperial capital of Constantinople.

Although historians and theologians have both made extensive use of the EH, these perspectives have rarely been brought together. Our project will bridge this divide by integrating historical and theological research on the EH in a new critical edition, translation, and comprehensive commentary on the third part of this work. Open access digital and print versions of the edition, translation, and commentary are planned, and preliminary digital publications in several repositories will invite feedback from the scholarly community during the course of the project. Collaboration with several digital humanities projects will also result in a suite of didactic aids to support students and scholars learning Syriac. Finally, this project will draw attention to one of the literary achievements of a community in antiquity which many recent immigrants to Germany and the European Union count as their heritage.

Above a part of the folio 1r of the British Library's manuscript add. 14640, containing John's EH. Image courtesy of Jacob Lollar.

John of Ephesus is now on Twitter - follow our project @CommJohnEphesus.

On 16 November, we organised a workshop on commenting late antique texts. It was our great pleasure to welcome Jan-Markus Kötter (Düsseldorf), Olivier Gengler (Tübingen), Daria Elegina (Hamburg) and Yulia Furman (Berlin). The invited participants made us aware of various difficulties and caveats they had encountered during their own projects, and we greatly benefited from their insight and advice.

On 13 December, we were very pleased to welcome Luise Marion Frenkel (São Paolo). Luise presented a fascinating paper on the obscure treatise of Theodotus of Ankyra against Nestorius.
On 31 January, Nikolai Kiel gave a very entertainig lecture on the traces of Apollinarian Christology in John of Ephesus' EH.

Principal Investigators
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin
IG-Farben-Haus (Raum 4.514)
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
(Hauspostfach: 15)
60629 Frankfurt
Tel. 069/798-32462
E-Mail: h.leppin@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Prof. Dr. Philip Forness
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Charles Deberiotstraat 26 - box 3100
3000 Leuven
E-Mail: philip.forness@kuleuven.be

Scientific collaborators
PD Dr. Nikolai Kiel
IG-Farben-Haus (Raum 4.454)
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
(Hauspostfach: 15)
60629 Frankfurt
Tel. 069/798-32416
E-Mail: kiel@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Dr. Silvio Roggo
IG-Farben-Haus (Raum 4.454)
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
(Hauspostfach: 15)
60629 Frankfurt
Tel. 069/798-32416
E-Mail: roggo@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Ms Klumbies
(Hauspostfach: 15)
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt (Pakete)
60629 Frankfurt (Briefe)
Tel.: 069/798-32456
E-Mail: altegeschichte@uni-frankfurt.de