Great book coming out from Gorgias

I don’t mean the Gnomai!

A few years ago I came across a dissertation online providing a critical Georgian text (among other things) of the Hippolytean In Cant. I had long suspected that this commentary reflected mystagogy in the Hippolytean community, and was pleased to find that the author agreed with me.

I contacted Yancy Smith, the author, who now follows this blog, and suggested to him that the work should be published. There have been a few delays but he now tells me that the work will be coming out with Gorgias soon. It is to be called The mystery of anointing. It will probably cost an arm and a leg, but I will ask Santa nicely and promise to be a good boy. It will certainly be worth paying money for, I promise you.

The church-order connection lies in the light that the commentary casts on the multiple anointings in the baptismal rite of Traditio apostolica (on the assumption that this document, likewise, derives from the Hippolytean community.) But even if you are not convinced on this point (there are a few doubters, still!) there is a lot more in it than that. For a start, a usable modern translation for those of us who are Georgian-challenged!

Congratulations and thanks to the author, and to Gorgias for publishing. Respect all round!

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2 responses to “Great book coming out from Gorgias

  1. yancywsmith

    Just found out from GorgiasPress that The Mystery of Anointing: Hippolytus’ Comm. SoS will be out in time for SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Thanks for the notice!

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  2. yancywsmith

    BTW, I’ll be sending you a copy as soon as they comp my 6 copies from Gorgias. Merry Christmas! I’ll make sure it gets there in one piece. 😉

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