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The Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts is a research centre of Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University in Olomouc. It is involved in the study of important works of European Christian culture with the aim to make them available to the Czech professional as well as the general public, and to prepare editions of as yet unpublished Latin manuscripts linked with the Czech lands. The Centre was formed as an interdisciplinary team made up of classical and medieval Latin philologists, philosophers, theologians and historians.
The Centre was started on July 2000 as a part of a program of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Physical Education "Research Centres", in 2005-2011 the Centre continued its work as a research program of St. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, and since 2012 the Centre has been involved in the project History and Interpretation of the Bible. In 2000-2004 the main researcher was prof. Lenka Karfíková, Dr. theol., in 2005-2011 the project was lead by prof. PhDr. Pavel Floss, from 2012 the activities of the Centre are coordinated by Dr. Vít Hušek.
Visiting address: Kateřinská 17, 3nd floor
2022-2024: Human Corporeality in the Alexandrian Christianity
The project Clement of Alexandria’s Biblical Exegesis as a Source of his Concept of Corporeality
(GAČR 22-20873S, PI dr. V. Černušková)
is concerned with the two most important figures of Alexandrian Christianity,
Clement and Origen. The focus is on the interpretation of biblical passages, which play a
constitutive role in Clement’s concept of corporeality. The aim of the project is to explore
Clement’s concept of corporeality esp. in protology, soteriology, sacramentology, ecclesiology
and eschatology and to analyse the heritage by which Clement’s concept of corporeality is
influenced (esp. the inspiration of Valentinian Gnosis and anonymous teachers of Clement) as
well as Clement’s possible impact on his most important follower, Origen.
2021-2023: Rhetorics of Monasticism in Bernard’s Apologia
The project Rhetorics of Monasticism in the Apologia of Bernard of Clairvaux and the Monastic Tradition in
the 12th Century Europe
(GAČR 21-11494S, PI doc. I. Adámková)
aims at presenting a detailed analysis of the treatise Apologia by
Bernard of Clairvaux, especially in terms of its narrative strategies and rhetoric means. Although
frequently quoted and presumably well known to researchers, most studies have considered
only several particular aspects – especially Bernard’s attitude toward the arts, the disputes
between the Cistercians and the Cluniac monks, or the identification of the exact recipient of
Bernard’s critiques. Lacking wider perspective, many researches strayed into blind alleys. With
that in mind, the present project shall attempt to offer a complex analysis of the Apology in
terms of its rhetorical structure, which has not been researched so far.
2019-2021: Transmission and interpretation of the Bible in ancient Alexandria
The project Biblical Exegesis of “the Other Clement of Alexandria”
(GAČR 18-09922S, PI doc. J. Plátová)
focuses on less well-known texts by Clement of Alexandria preserved in codex
Laurentianus V 3 after the seventh book of the Stromata (the so-called “meta-Stromatic material
”), as fragments in various authors or in catenae and Clement’s homily Quis dives salvetur?
These texts, sometimes referred to as “the other Clement of Alexandria”, share four
characteristics: 1) they survived in one copy only; 2) they focus on the Bible: the texts mostly
comment on particular biblical passages; 3) they also refer to non-canonical and non-orthodox
traditions; 4) the fragmentary character: apart from QDS, they are not stylistically elaborated, but
instead give the impression of notes or preparatory material. These texts also often contain the
very first Christian explanation of particular biblical passages.
The project Cult and Politics in “Proto-Isaianic” Tradition. Divergence and convergence of Hebrew and
(GAČR 18-01995S, PI doc. G. I. Vlková)
focuses on selected passages from Proto-Isaiah (Isa 1-39), predominantly on
those that reflect political turmoil of the 8th century BC and/or controversies regarding Israelite
cult. Special attention will be paid to the texts where the Greek translation (the Septuagint)
differs significantly from the Hebrew versions, which is usually explained as the adaptation of the
original text to the situation of the Jewish community during the Hellenistic period in Egyptian
diaspora. The first goal of the project is the exposition of the relevant passages. The second
goal is to contribute to the discussion about the relationship between Hebrew and Greek texts of
Isaiah and about the possible projection of the political events in Palestine and the Jewish
diaspora during the 2nd century BC to the Septuagint text. The main outcome of the project will be a
commentary on Isa 13–33 in the new series Czech Ecumenical Commentary on the Old
Testament. In addition, several articles on this topic will be published in international academic
2012-2018: History and Interpretation of the Bible
In 2012-18, the Centre was involved in the project History and Interpretation of the Bible
a joint project of Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University of Prague
(with participation of Catholic Theological Faculty and Faculty of Arts),
Institute for Classical Studies, The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and
Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University in Olomouc.
The project coordinator is Dr. Jan Dušek, coordinators at cooperating institutions are PhDr. Jiří Beneš and Dr. Vít Hušek.
In 2005-11, the activities of the Centre were financially supported by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic (research program of CMTF UP, no. MSM 6198959202).
The Centre formed 11 research units,
their outputs embrace 65 monographs and 77 chapters in books
(published mostly in publishig houses
Oikúmené, Vyšehrad and
and 63 studies in periodicals.
The centre was founded as a joint project of Palacky University in Olomouc, Masaryk University in Brno and The Institute for Classical Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, with financial support of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic (project no. LN00A011). The main researcher for the project became doc. Lenka Karfiková, Dr. Theol., along with the co-researchers prof. PhDr. Jana Nechutová, CSc., and Hana Šedinová, Ph.D.
The Centre formed 40 research units, their outputs are 2 editions, 22 translations, 7 monographs, and 4 collections of papers.
(See also a list of publications.)
→ Final report about our activities 2000-04 (in Czech):
Previous projects / Centre Continuity:
The Centre is building upon the work begun with the grant project Texts on the history of medieval thought 1-2
(grant project no. 401/97/0374 supported by the Czech Science Foundation),
which was the work of the Institute for Classical Studies of the ASCR along with the Sts Cyril and Methodius Theological Faculty (head researcher doc. Lenka Karfíková, Dr.theol., along with Hana Šedinová, Ph.D.).
The first run of the project was in 1997-1999, the second one no. 401/00/0133 in 2000-2002.
As a part of this project two series of publications were started in co-operation with the Oikúmené Publishing House making available significant works of Medieval thought in bilingual editions accompanied by learned introductions and explanatory notes. The series are called Fontes Latini Bohemorum and The Library of the Medieval Tradition.