Interpreting the Gospel of John in Antioch and Alexandria

Miriam DeCock


Series: Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement SeriesVolume: 17
Publisher: SBL PressPublication Date: 2020 ISBN: 20


Miriam DeCock analyzes four important early Christian treatments of the Gospel of John, including two commentaries by Origen and Cyril from the Alexandrian tradition as well as the homilies of John Chrysostom and the commentary of Theodore of Mopsuestia, which represent Antiochian traditions. DeCock’s thorough analysis demonstrates that the Antiochenes find primarily moral examples and doctrinal teachings in John’s Gospel, whereas the Alexandrians find both these and teachings concerning the immediate situation within their own communities.

Miriam DeCock is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology at Aarhus University’s School of Culture and Society. She is the author of several essays on early Christian exegesis, including “Angels, Scripture, and the Exegesis of Origen” in Patristica Nordica Annuaria.