Frederick M. BIGGS. Bede’s Martyrologium and the Martyrologium Hieronymianum.
This essay questions two assumptions that have guided the study of martyrologies: the Martyrologium Hieronymianum did not, the author argues, contain any historical entries, which are indeed Bede’s creation, and Bede’s Martyrologium did not include brief entries, which are characteristic of the earlier work. Although making a sharper distinction between these works, it also reveals Bede’s lifelong study of his source and his profound faith in the authority it shared with liturgical tradition.
Alin SUCIU. The Question of the Authorship of the Historia Stephani protomartyris (BHO 1093; CANT 302; Clavis coptica 0491): Theodosius of Jerusalem, Abba Isaiah, the Monk Romanus and Peter the Iberian.
This article deals with a fragmentary Sahidic text conventionally called Historia Stephani Protomartyris (BHO 1093; CANT 302; Clavis coptica 0491). The name of the author of this writing has disappeared in a lacuna in the only manuscript known until now. By examining the evidence, the author of this paper provides arguments that the Historia Stephani was very likely attributed to Theodosius, the anti-Chalcedonian bishop of Jerusalem between 451 and 453 CE. The article also identifies, for the first time, some papyrus fragments which belonged to a previously unknown copy of the same text. Finally, the author addresses the question of the date of the celebration of Stephen the Protomartyr in Egypt. Thus, the title of the Historia Stephani and other Sahidic sources suggest that Stephen’s martyrdom was celebrated in Upper Egypt on Paope 26 (October 27), not on Tobe 1 (December 27), as the majority of the Byzantine and Egyptian calendars indicate.
Oscar PRIETO DOMÍNGUEZ. Saint Theokleto: A Female Iconoclast Saint.
The Synaxarion of Constantinople commemorates St Theokleto the Wonder Worker on August 21. In spite of our lack of information about her, a comparative analysis with the other simultaneous cults in honour of pious women leads us to a significant conclusion: Theokleto was the only woman whose sanctification followed the type of the iconoclast saints known to us.
Sergey KIM. In Quest of the Treasures of Iviron: Georgian Flyleaves from Four Greek Manuscripts in Moscow.
The article investigates three Georgian texts conserved fragmentarily in the flyleaves attached to four Greek manuscripts from the State Historical Museum in Moscow, originating from the Athonite monastery of Iviron. Aside from giving improved readings of the colophon of Iovane T’ornike, we identify Georgian portions of two hagiographical texts, Vita Simeonis Stylitae Senioris (BHO 1121-1124) and Vita Simeonis Stylitae Minoris (BHG 1689). The discovery of an ancient Arabic translation of Vita Simeonis Stylitae Minoris is announced; it is demonstrated that the Georgian text does not depend on it. We venture a hypothesis that the Vitae of two Simeons used to belong to one and the same Georgian manuscript, before a librarian from Iviron, probably Theophilos the Ivirite († 1548), made them serve as flyleaves.
Ugo ZANETTI. La Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica. Réflexions d’un utilisateur.
This article deals with the presentation of the new database The Syriac Portal on Internet and in particular with the section on the Vitae of saints (Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica), with practical instructions for the best possible usage of the database.
Jose Carlos MARTÍN-IGLESIAS. La Vita S. Adelelmi (BHL 71): primera edición completa del texto, transmitido en las Vitae Sanctorum de Bernardo de Brihuega.
The Vita s. Adelelmi (BHL 71) is a prose account of the Benedictine monk Adelelmus († 1097 ?), abbot of Chaise-Dieu (France), and Saint John of Burgos (Spain). It was written in the early XIIth century by Rodulfus of Chaise-Dieu in Burgos. The only known manuscript (Burgos, Monasterio de Cistercienses Calatravas de San Felices, s. n.) containing this work is mutilated but a complete copy of the text is preserved in the Vitae Sanctorum of Bernardo of Brihuega (MS. Salamanca, BGHU, 2539). This paper analyses the corpus of Latin texts on St. Adelelmus and contains the first complete edition of the work written by Rodulfus of Chaise-Dieu.
Bernard JOASSART. Le voyage littéraire d’Henschenius et Papebroch sur les bords de la Meuse et de la Moselle en 1668.
François DOLBEAU. Fragments manuscrits provenant de l’ancienne bibliothèque des Bollandistes.
Marc LINDEIJEER. Two Belgian Jesuit Martyrologies as Models of Conciliar Reform.
The reform of the Roman Martyrology, already wished for by Pius XI, had a laborious iter. Two martyrologies composed by Belgian Jesuits in 1965-1966 offer, both in the choice of saints they kept and in the content of their eulogies, a model that tried to respond to the criticisms expressed before and during the Second Vatican Council. The model that Rome would finally adapt was inspired first and foremost by the desire to present a complete catalogue of saints.
Bulletin des publications hagiographiques.