Exegesis & Empire in the Early
Byzantine Mediterranean
Junillus Africanus & the Instituta Regularia Divinae Legis
[In English & Latin]


By Michael Maas
December 2003
Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3-16-148108-9
290 pages, 6 " x 9 "
$97.50 Paper Original


The author places Junillus' handbook on biblical exegesis in the context of imperial politics and doctrinal debate during the sixth century. Written at Justinian's court in Constantinople and recommended by Cassiodorus, whose Italian monastery copied and preserved much ancient literature, Junillus' treatise went on to be influential during the middle ages in western Europe as a guide for biblical interpretation.

Contents include: Junillus Africanus, Date, Sources and History of the Text, The North African Background, Unity and Authority: The Struggle between Justinian and the North African Clerics, The Empire Writes Back: The North African Response to Justinian's Attempts to Control Sacred Texts, Junillus and Theology, Junillus and Legal Education, Christian and Traditional Education, Exegetical Issues and Background, Excurses on the Schools of Antioch and Nisibis, Instituta Regularia Divinae Legis, Bibliography and Index.

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