Edition and translation

Edition of the Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus commentary by Procopius of Gaza from the  Eclogarum epitome (the Octateuch catena), translation of the Genesis commentary

The work of the rhetorican and theologian Procopius of Gaza (approx. 465/475-528/530 AD) belongs to the late antiquity period in which the doctrine of the Christian church seemed to have solidified both in terms of dogma and exegesis. Catenas, or guides to interpreting individual books of the Bible, were put together, which sought to illuminate the meaning verse by verse using excerpts and paraphrases from works by church leaders. The commentaries by Procopius of Gaza from the Eclogarum epitome, are, in various forms, also such exegetical guides. The Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus commentary from this is to be edited and published in a critical edition for the “The Greek Christian Writers” series, while the Genesis commentary will also be translated (planned for the “Fontes Christiani” series). The works, which were never edited in their entirety in Greek, are an exceptional source because the original works of some of the cited authors (such as Origen) were lost due to dogmatic conflicts or random events in the tradition history, such that excerpts represent the only reconstruction option.

Project manger
Christoph Markschies

Beginning of the Project


  • 01.06.2001–31.05.2006 DFG: aus Mitteln des Leibnizpreises
  • 01.06–31.12.2010   Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
  • seit 01.01.2011 DFG: DFG Langfristvorhaben

Karin Metzler
Johann Anton Zieme


For the commentary on the book of Genesis by Procopius of Gaza, see the Bibliography by Karin Metzler.

Publications planned    

  • Genesis-, Exodus- und Leviticuskommentar werden für eine kritische Edition in der Editionsreihe "Die Griechischen Christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten Jahrhunderte" der Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften vorbereitet, die im Verlag de Gruyter erscheinen werden.
  • Vorbereitet wird außerdem eine deutsche Übersetzung des Genesiskommentars, vorgesehen für die Reihe zweisprachiger Ausgaben "Fontes Christiani" im Verlag Herder.