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The Czech Patristic Society and the Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, are organizing an international colloquium on Clement of Alexandria, focused on Clement's Biblical Exegesis.

The colloquium takes place in Olomouc, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Univerzitní 22, on May 29-31, 2014. Working languages are English, French, German and Italian.


> Photos from the conference



The programme has five main themes:

  1. theoretic basis of the interpretation of Scripture; comparison between Clement and Philo; Clement and Origen; relations between rational demonstration and use of the Bible in search of the truth;
  2. relation between OT and NT in Clement;
  3. Clement and OT (Clement's Greek Bible; interpretation of individual books of OT);
  4. Clement and NT (Clement's text of NT; interpretation of individual books of NT);
  5. different ways of use of Scripture in individual Clement´s works.

Main speakers: Alain Le Boulluec, Annewies van den Hoek, Judith Kovacs, and Marco Rizzi.



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Thursday, May 29

10:00 – 15:00


11:00 – 12:00

Guided tour


Opening of the conference, chair: Vít Hušek

  • Jaroslav Miller, rector of the university
  • Gabriela Ivana Vlková, dean of the theological faculty

15:30 – 18:00

Opening lectures, chair: Matyáš Havrda

15:30 - 16:30 Alain Le Boulluec: L'interprétation de la Bible et le "genre symbolique" selon Clément

16:30 - 16:45 Coffee break

16:45 – 17:45 Annewies van den Hoek: Clement of Alexandria and the Book of Proverbs


welcome drink



Friday, May 30

9:00 – 12:00

Lecture session (Clement and NT), chair: Marco Rizzi

9:00 – 10:00 Judith L. Kovacs: Reading the "divinely inspired" Paul: Clement of Alexandria in Conversation with Simple Believers, the "Heterodox" and Greek Philosophers

10:00 - 10:15 Coffee break

10:15 – 10:55 Veronika Černušková: Clement and the Sermon on the Mount: the most frequently cited/alluded parts and the omitted ones

10:55 – 11:30 Davide Dainese: Clement's Exegesis of I Ioh. 2,7: A Fragment of His Lost Peri Archon?

11:30 – 11:55 Manabu Akiyama: Il significato di "segno" nell’interpretazione biblica di Clemente Alessandrino

12:00 – 14:00



(Meeting of the Czech patristic society)



14:00 – 16:30

Lecture session (Clement and NT: John), chair: Annewies van den Hoek

14:00 – 14:40 Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski: Clement's reception of the Gospel of John: context, creative exegesis and purpose

14:40 – 15:20 Miklós Gyurkovics: Le questioni sul Nous Divino nel contesto del prologo di Giovanni

15:20 – 15:35 Coffee break

15:35 – 16:05 Ilaria Vigorelli: Schesis and Trinitarian Thought in Clement of Alexandria: from Philosophy to Scriptural Interpretation

16:05 – 16:30 Vito Limone: "Monadikón genésthai" (Strom. 4,25,155,2-158,1): l’esegesi henologica di Clemente





Saturday, May 31

9:00 – 12:20

Lecture session (Clement and different traditions / theoretic basis of the interpretation of Scripture), chair: Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski

9:00 – 9:40 Daniel L. Worden: Clement of Alexandria and an Orthos Gnostic Tradition

9:40 – 10:20 Jane Heath: Stromateis, Scripture and the Sympotic Tradition

10:20 – 10:45 Eireni Artemi: "In a man who loves wisdom the father will be glad." Stromata A1. Clement's of Alexandria teaching about the cryptic tradition in the Apocryphical books of the Bible

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:40 Johannes Aakjær Steenbuch: Negative theology in Clement's understanding of Scripture

11:40 – 12:20 Matyáš Havrda: Clement's exegetical interests in Stromata VIII

12:20 – 14:00




14:00 – 16:00

Lecture session, chair: Judith Kovacs

14:00 - 15:00 Discussion: Recent thoughts on Clement and some unresolved questions

Final lecture

15:00 – 16:00 Marco Rizzi: Patterns of Biblical exegesis in Philo, Clement and Origen


Garden party



Sunday, June 1





Getting to Olomouc: Olomouc is easily accessible by train from Prague (less than 3 hours, trains run almost every hour, trains of higher quality are recommended: IC/EC/SC), from Vienna (3-4 hours, but not very frequent). For travel information please check the electronic timetable via the Internet: jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni (English version is also available).

If you plan to stay in Olomouc longer, you might be interested in the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (5–7 June 2014). The topic of the conference is language use and linguistic structure, the main speakers are Bas Aarts, David Adger and Noam Chomsky (more information).



Conference location: Univerzitni 22, Olomouc (St. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology).

The colloquium is organized as part of the research project GAČR P401/12/G168 History and Interpretation of the Bible.

The Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts is a research centre attached to St. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University Olomouc. You may learn about the Centre, its projects, activities and publications at the following address:

The Czech Patristic Society is a local branch of the International Association of Patristic Studies (IAPS/AIEP). The President of the Czech Patristic Society is Professor Lenka Karfíková. You may learn about the society and its activities at the following address:

The conference is organized by Veronika Cernuskova, Jana Platova and Vit Husek.


> Download a poster (pdf)
> Previous colloquium on Clement of Alexandria (Olomouc, 2010)
> Proceedings: The Seventh Book of the Stromateis (Brill 2012)


Last update: 2 June 2014